International  Conference.
Alternative Education.
The Forest in Eduction. Eduction through the Forest.

24-25 May 2019

Place of conference: Forest Kindergarten Bajkowy Las, Krzyżula 8,  

46-024 Łubniany, Poland

Primary Idea of the Conference

We invite to the first international conference about alternative education. The focus of the first meeting will be the forest’s role In education.

The conference will cover alternative pedagogy, specifically pedagogy of forest and functioning of forest preschools in Poland, Czech Republic, Germany and Scandinavian countries. The conference pertains to alternative schools and preschools, which are in a general sense understood as educational institutions which to a limited or full extent are trying to substitute generative doctrine for the distributive-reproductive doctrines of education typical to traditional schools.

The Conference will be a two-day meeting taking place outdoors in Fairytale Forest in Lubniany near Opole in Poland. All proceedings will be held at the Fairytale Forest; it will be the first-ever all-outdoor initiative of its kind with international range organized in Poland. This is a unique gathering of scholars, enthusiasts of forest education, beginners and experienced teachers from many different educational centers working with "outdoor" methods, as well as therapists and daily caregivers, but also of parents with children of all ages.

The major aim of the conference oscillates around four issues:
- developmental perspective of alternative education in Poland and around the world,
- education through the forest
- alternative pedagogy in the context of development of children with special educational needs.
- other aspects related with problems and prevention in alternative education.

This conference is directed to pedagogues, psychologists, forest sociologists, ecologists and everybody interested in alternative education.  



Deadline for receipt of applications: until 15/04/2019 

The date of the qualification of the papers and the detailed conference program will be announced: 20/04/2019. 

Active participation - includes paper presentation, participation in workshops, coffee breaks, meals, publication. The cost is PLN 300.

Passive participation - includes participation in the conference as a listener, participation in workshops, coffee break, meals. Cost - PLN 200.

The conference fee does not include accommodation.

Scientific council of the conference:

Prof. dr hab. Bogusław Śliwerski
Prof. dr hab. Zenon Gajdzica
Prof. dr hab. Anna Nowak
dr hab. Elżbieta Górnikowska-Zwolak - prof. nadzwyczajna
dr hab. Ligia Tuszyńska - prof. nadzwyczajna
dr hab. Helena Ciążela - prof. nadzwyczajna
dr hab. Renata Michalak - prof. nadzwyczajna
Ks. dr. hab Ryszard Sadowski



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Dr Szymon Godawa                        
Uniwersytet Śląski w Katowicach
Wydział Etnologii i Nauk o Edukacji
ul. Bielska 62
43- 400 Cieszyn

Katarzyna Sowa                             
Leśne Przedszkole Bajkowy Las,
ul. Krzyżula 8,  46-024 Łubniany