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ERIC Number: EJ1086776
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0159-6306
Learning with the City via Enchantment: Photo-Walks as Creative Encounters
Pyyry, Noora
Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, v37 n1 p102-115 2016
In this paper, I approach learning as a process of rethinking the world that happens via the surprising experience of "enchantment." This process becomes possible by dwelling, that is, by forming meaningful multisensory engagements with one's surroundings. I present my arguments by discussing photo-walks that students conducted in Helsinki as part of a geography-learning project. During the photo-walks, learning happened with the spaces of hanging out. In contrast to common understandings of learning, this learning with the city is non-instrumental: it is making the familiar unfamiliar by paying attention to the particular in everyday spaces. Methods such as photography are understood as creative encounters that can help in re-cognizing the world and fostering one's ethical sensitivity.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 9; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Finland (Helsinki)
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