Making children action competent on sustainability themes gives them opportunities to take action and to learn from that action. Actions are created by investigating a sustainability theme step by step, based on the connection between people and nature.
Action competence is more than being able to carry out action and is not normative. This means that the problem, the need for action and the possible actions are not determined in advance. The child’s freedom of choice and thought process are the starting points.
As with other thinking skills, it is also important to name, schematise or illustrate our thinking in action-oriented work. After all, thinking is a process in which we respond to our own or other’s earlier thoughts or insights. The teacher helps to make the children’s thinking visible by observing and listening carefully and by asking specific questions.
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