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The future of the NAAEE Research Symposium

- How often are we actually asking those that we research what they want and need? This seems to be present in the agriculture field, but it seems that other fields lack in this.

- How often are we actually asking those that we research what they want and need? This seems to be present in the agriculture field, but it seems that other fields lack in this.

Bald:
- Try to have organization networking or partnerships: convincing others from different related fields to our conferences (like AESS: Association of Environmental Sciences and Studies)
- Where quantitative methods go: what they prioritize as being important, what are the limitations and what is motivating: looking at how other people do things and creating more integration between quant and qualitative
- Enhancing the legitimacy of qualitative methods among natural scientists when conversations are being had about conservation
- Targeting pre-service education as an area to be addressed since people were talking a lot about children
- We’ve moved away from adults in environmental education and need to move back
- How do we provide continuity to encompass all the components?
- Being consistent and keeping on track with topics even if they are not as “hot”
- How can different methodologies apply to different fields of studies
- Community needs don’t tend to be around one age group, need to collaborate across different groups
- We talk a lot about diversity without drawing from current theories from other fields that really push this, like queer theory, gender theory, etc.
- Environmental justice: can we do work that leads to better lives for people
- What are the pressing issues that address the commonalities that might be daunting for the field?
- How do we think about academic research that brings together the differences?
- How do we speak to a breadth of theories, methodologies and issues?
- How do we bring community to the research community? How can we be really bold?
- How do we bring that to fruition at the conference?

Bright:
- Journal of EE plans to roll out a number of special issues: ecopedagogy, politics

Bald:
- Ensure that there is not a weird power dynamic, it is a sharing of ideas and our research is helping to build those preferred practices
- Strive for more applied practical environmental education: what can we do at this conference to connect the research with the applied
- Get equal input from both researchers and practitioners alike challenging and commenting on our work

- Potential strand about what is new and innovative - such as AZA does with bright spots
- What is been new and introduced over the past year as a presentation?
- It would be meaningful to come to conferences such as these and find mentors and more collaborative opportunities - particularly for those of us that are in areas that aren't purely EE based?

- A structured way to pair up mentors and graduate students
- With the symposium: What is next? How can we continue building on what we learn at the conference?
- How can we make this a better experience for those that attend who are international? Whether this is language barriers, or cultural barriers - can we make this as useful as possible for those attendees?

A bare patch and way to patch: invite members of FIrst NAtions from the locality of the conference to participate, and perhaps speak to the participants. In Canada this is an extremely special and always enlightening part of EE conferences that deepens the learning experiences and helps participants rethink their own praxis and ways of being