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ERIC Number: EJ966890
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-0840-8114
Remembering the Roots of Place Meanings for Place-Based Outdoor Education
Hutson, Garrett
Pathways: The Ontario Journal of Outdoor Education, v23 n3 p19-25 Spr 2011
Place-based education seeks to connect learners to local environments through a variety of strategies that increase environmental awareness and connectedness to particular parts of the world. The concept of place meanings encompasses the subjective ways people construct meaning through their experiences with an array of settings. Place meanings are personal, often with a human focus, and are open to interpretation, while place-based education tends to be framed more concretely within the particulars of local environments. In this article, the author argues that these two concepts can work together to broaden thinking around "place" as it relates to outdoor education pedagogy. The purpose of this paper is to promote the utilization of place meanings within approaches to place-based outdoor education by: (1) revisiting some of the conceptual and historical underpinnings of place-based education and place meanings to show similarities and differences between the concepts; and (2) presenting a synthesis of place meanings within place-based theory to inspire a useful approach to doing place-based outdoor education.
Council of Outdoor Educators of Ontario. 1185 Eglinton Avenue East, Toronto, Ontario, M3C 3C6, Canada. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada; New Zealand