ERIC Number: EJ966889
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Reference Count: 8
Discovering Sense of Place: Application through Education
Aucoin, P. J.
Pathways: The Ontario Journal of Outdoor Education, v23 n3 p14-18 Spr 2011
Over the past three decades, environmental issues have been on the global forefront and continue to affect people's daily lives. Although the need for environmental attention is at an all-time high, outdoor and environmental education (OEE) plays an insufficient role in school systems. As technology continues to contribute to advancements in every sector of the modern world, there is a dire need for education to find its way back to its roots. In achieving this, the ministry, school board members, principals, teachers and parents need to acknowledge the importance of experiential education and creating a sense of place for students during this important developmental stage of their lives. Sense of place can have many individualized meanings; common goals relate to the basics of individuals' developed relationships and understanding with nature, the environment, wildlife, community, and, most importantly, each other. To this the author suggests the days of endless textbook work, learning for the purpose of regurgitation and standardized testing have long passed their welcome. This article discusses a new direction for teaching methodologies, the importance of creating sense of place, and the potential in working with the traditional curriculum through integration of environmental and outdoor education.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Place Based Education, Outdoor Education, Environmental Education, Experiential Learning, Teaching Methods, Curriculum Development, Educational Policy, Partnerships in Education, Program Descriptions, Elementary School Curriculum, Curriculum Implementation, Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary Approach, Art Education, Language Arts, Science Education, Technology Education, Physical Education, Health Education, Educational Practices, Educational Philosophy, Educational Principles, Learning Activities, Physical Environment, Integrated Curriculum
Council of Outdoor Educators of Ontario. 1185 Eglinton Avenue East, Toronto, Ontario, M3C 3C6, Canada. e-mail: info@COEO.org; Web site: http://www.coeo.org/publication.htm
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada