ERIC Number: EJ1051372
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Practicing Finding the Spaces Available within the Educational Situation--An Essay Review of "John Dewey and Education Outdoors: Making Sense of the 'Educational Situation' through More than a Century of Progressive Reform"
Ware, Molly Noelle
Cultural Studies of Science Education, v10 n1 p229-237 Mar 2015
In this piece, I begin by reviewing and summarizing the book "John Dewey and Education Outdoors" by John Quay and Jayson Seaman. After an overview of the authors' work, I use nuanced presumptions within the authors' work to explore how principles of ecology (complexity theory), principles of embodied movement practices such as yoga and "five Rhythms Dance," and a poststructural "both/and" perspective might create opportunities for re-imagining and transforming the cultural institution of education. Questions explored in this review include: What sort of relationship might allow us to remain open and engaged within a dynamic environment where change is the norm? What sort of relationship to difference allows us to remain open to the creative potential found in what is oppositional? Through exploring these questions, I hope to clarify a vision of transformation and change as a creative practice that grows out of learning to "both" work "with," accept, and honor ourselves "and" strengthen connection with others, communities, the planet and the environment.
Descriptors: Outdoor Education, Educational Change, Books, Holistic Approach, Physical Activities, Dance, Change, Environment, Creativity, Postmodernism
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