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ERIC Number: EJ1157421
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1205-5352
Cultivating an Aesthetic Sensibility and Activism: Everyday Aesthetics and Environmental Education
Hurren, Wanda
Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, v22 p27-41 2017
The place of activism in environmental education is an ongoing conversation among educators. In this article I highlight an area that has received minimal attention within that conversation: aesthetics and activism. While activism can be enacted at the personal and public levels, I focus on the personal level of activism as I discuss links between everyday aesthetics and activism and the importance of cultivating an aesthetic sensibility. I then share narrative, poetic, and photographic excerpts from a mapwork project titled "Bodies of Water: Partial Companion to a Prairie Atlas." This project enacts aesthetics and activism on a local, everyday level, and has implications for the global, public level. I invite educators to consider similar approaches to activism by paying attention to local ecological components.
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Language: English
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