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ERIC Number: EJ919082
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0305-5698
A Sense of Place in the Science Classroom
Membiela, Pedro; DePalma, Renee; Pazos, Mercedes Suarez
Educational Studies, v37 n3 p361-364 Jul 2011
Place-based science education engages with the laboratories of complex reality where natural processes combine with social practice, going beyond the physical world, to encompass the meanings and sense of attachment local residents feel for places. This brief report describes how a university science methods class in a primary teacher training programme situated scientific understandings in the rich cultural context of the historically rural and socio-economically disadvantaged area of Galicia in north-western Spain, where agrarian traditions continue to influence local culture. Focusing on student responses to two assignments, this brief report explores how the preparation of lesson plans related to food and environmental investigation projects served to integrate aspects of the natural, social and cultural environment to foster a critical pedagogy of place.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A