The importance of place in environmental education

Rebecca Miles

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    As many in the field of environmental education would appreciate, 'to know anything about the world is to know its places' (Gruenewald, 2006, p. 4). David Sobel (1996) suggests that, in teaching about environmental education, using local places to teach about environmental concepts, such as ecosystems or a catchment area, provides students with a context for what they are learning. Cameron (2008, p. 303) further argues that 'by implication, education, environmental sustainability and intercultural dialogue should not just take place into account, but they should be deeply grounded in place'. As well as providing an opportunity for environmental education to become more participative, and encourage intercultural dialogue and community action, education that is grounded in places encourages students to look critically at their places, both natural and constructed, and consider the interconnections that occur within and through these places. Further, allowing students to investigate the influence of social, political and economical decisions on natural places incorporates the socially-critical and political action goals of environmental education. This paper aims to give an overview of place-conscious education and its place in environmental education, in particular suggesting that environmental education has a central role to play in promoting a place ethic.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEnvironmental Education up the Track
    Subtitle of host publicationHot Topics for our Community, 15th Biennial Australian Association for Environmental Education Conference
    EditorsJennifer Pearson
    Place of PublicationAustralia
    PublisherAAEE National Conference Committee
    Number of pages10
    ISBN (Electronic)9780957833524
    Publication statusPublished - 2008
    EventBiennial Australian Association for Environmental Education Conference - Darwin, NT, Australia
    Duration: 09 Jul 200812 Jul 2008


    ConferenceBiennial Australian Association for Environmental Education Conference


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