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ERIC Number: EJ782327
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 36
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 128
ISSN: ISSN-0002-8312
Foundations of Place: A Multidisciplinary Framework for Place-Conscious Education
Gruenewald, David A.
American Educational Research Journal, v40 n3 p619-654 2003
This article provides educators at all levels with a theoretical rationale for place-conscious education; it also discusses pedagogical pathways, and institutional challenges, to place-consciousness. Drawing on insights from phenomenology, critical geography, bioregionalism, ecofeminism, and other place-conscious traditions, the author gathers diverse perspectives on "place" to demonstrate the profoundly pedagogical nature of human experience with places. Five "dimensions of place" are described that can shape the development of a socio-ecological, place-conscious education: (a) the perceptual, (b) the sociological, (c) the ideological, (d) the political, and (e) the ecological. After discussing these, the author reframes several place-conscious educational traditions. The article concludes with an analysis of the possibilities for place-conscious education in an era that defines institutional accountability by standards and testing. (Contains 27 notes.)
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Language: English
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