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ERIC Number: EJ913498
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-0013-8274
A Walk on the Wilder Side
Dakin, Mary Ellen; Eatough, David Lowell; Turchon, Andrew
English Journal, v100 n3 p62-70 Jan 2011
There is a need to establish and nurture a relationship between urban and suburban students and the natural world. This relationship needs to be personal and immediate. They need to see the wilder life that survives and sometimes flourishes in "their" world--not miles away in the hills and mountains or hidden beneath the sea, but outside their windows, on their sidewalks and streets, perched on their telephone poles. To build a relationship between students and the natural world that transcends boundaries, teachers need to establish a kinship with their colleagues in the natural and social sciences. In this article, an English teacher, a biology teacher, and a social studies teacher walk the overlapping terrain of their disciplines, searching for places where a shift in activity or perception might restore the ecological balance of authentic learning. In the cross-pollination that occurs, they find lost connections, mutually sustaining relationships, and hope. (Contains 2 figures and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts