ERIC Number: ED420461
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Place Value: An Educator's Guide to Good Literature on Rural Lifeways, Environments, and Purposes of Education.
Haas, Toni; Nachtigal, Paul
This book suggests that quality of life depends on the connections that people have with one another and their surroundings, rather than on material wealth. It challenges teachers to reexamine the purposes of education and to equip students with the tools they need to make conscious choices about living well in their own communities. Five bibliographical essays review nonfictional and fictional literature on what it means to live well in a particular place. "A Sense of Place: Education for Living Well Ecologically" looks at the importance of young people having a curiosity about their surroundings and becoming inhabitants of a place, not merely transient residents. By developing a healthy respect for the physical and social communities they inhabit, schools can teach children to be contributing citizens. "A Sense of Civic Involvement: Education for Living Well Politically" examines the preparation of young people to participate as citizens of a democracy by investigating and acting on municipal and county government issues. "A Sense of Worth: Education for Living Well Economically" looks at the influence of large corporations on the breakdown of rural life and suggests that students need to learn how to create jobs within their own community, rather than leave to get jobs somewhere else. "A Sense of Connection: Education for Living Well Spiritually" discusses the crisis of human identity and cosmological disconnection from the natural world. "A Sense of Belonging: Education for Living Well in Community" examines saving, restoring, and using local memories, knowledge, and skills to fulfill needs in the local community. An annotated bibliography of the 42 works cited in the essays contains commentary and an abstract for each work. (SAS)
Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Change Strategies, Citizen Participation, Ecology, Economic Change, Educational Needs, Elementary Secondary Education, Empowerment, Essays, Experiential Learning, Fiction, Literature Reviews, Nonfiction, Place Based Education, Politics, Quality of Life, Rural Areas, Rural Education, School Community Relationship, Social Change, Spirituality, Sustainable Development
ERIC Clearinghouse on Rural Education and Small Schools, P.O. Box 1348, Charleston, WV 25325-1348 ($12 plus $1.20 shipping).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Library of Education (ED/OERI), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Rural Education and Small Schools, Charleston, WV.