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ERIC Number: EJ820009
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 55
ISSN: ISSN-0013-2004
Education and Place: A Review Essay
Nespor, Jan
Educational Theory, v58 n4 p475-489 Nov 2008
In this review essay, Jan Nespor uses three recent contributions to place-based education, Paul Theobald's "Teaching the Commons," C.A. Bowers's "Revitalizing the Commons," and David Gruenewald and Gregory Smith's edited volume "Place-Based Education in the Global Age," to examine some fundamental conceptual and practical issues in the area. One is how "place" is defined in place-based education theory, and in particular how moralizing idealizations of place woven into problematic distinctions (place/nonplace, urban/rural, local/global, and so on) may actually make it harder for us to understand education and place. A second is how class, ethnicity, gender, and other forms of difference are addressed--or not--in the field's theoretical formulations. Finally, Nespor explores problems of articulating the visions of place-based education in these texts with larger social or political movements to transform schooling and environmental practices.
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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