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ERIC Number: EJ1049957
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jan-17
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1368-4868
Cultivating a Sense of Place in Religious Studies
Jensen, Molly Hadley
Teaching Theology & Religion, v18 n1 p3-19 Jan 2015
This essay analyzes student learning through place-based pedagogies in an American Religions course. In the course, students analyzed cultural meanings and practices of regional religious communities and participated in sensory awareness and ecological learning in a campus garden. Embodied learning increased student understanding and appreciation of land-based religious practices and epistemologies, and promoted multiple student literacies. In Religious Studies, place-based learning is vital to the examination of the rich dimensions and expressions of religious experience. Across disciplines, place-based pedagogies can expand and deepen text-based learning, cultivate recognition of various ways of knowing, foster affective connections to the local community, and develop critical skills for addressing patterns of displacement and ecological denigration.
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Language: English
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