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ERIC Number: EJ842782
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-1205-5352
Finding a Place of One's Own: Reflections on Teaching in and with Place
Curthoys, Lesley P.
Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, v12 n1 p68-79 2007
The School of Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism at Lakehead University offers a third-year course on ecological literacy. The course evolved from one with a predominant scientific approach to studying the bioregion to one that embraced a broader epistemological stance, giving greater authority, voice, and presence to nearby landscapes. This essay traces the progression of an assignment designed to increase confidence, ability, and enjoyment of learning how to directly engage in reading landscape stories. Three key pedagogical changes amplified the potential of landscape as perceptible author for student learners: (1) giving place a more tangible and "knowable" quality; (2) increasing student motivation to visit "their" place more often and to stay longer; and (3) facilitating transformation from story seeker to thoughtful participant. (Contains 1 note.)
Lakehead University and Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication. Lakehead University Faculty of Education, 955 Oliver Road, Thunder Bay, ON P7B 5E1, Canada. Fax: 807-346-7771; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada