A critical pedagogy of place and the place(s) of critical pedagogy

Stevenson, Robert B. (2008) A critical pedagogy of place and the place(s) of critical pedagogy. Environmental Education Research, 14 (3). pp. 353-360.

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The notion of place‐based education as grounding student learning in the local raises important questions about what constitutes the 'local' in a now closely interconnected world and what constitutes an educational 'place' when places of learning are shifting, as both new virtual sites emerge and old physical ones, including schools, lose some of their significance. In response to Gruenewald's proposal to blend place‐based education with critical pedagogy as traditions whose respective emphasis complements the other's limitations, I identify some tensions and remaining limitations but disagree with Bowers' critique that a critical pedagogy of place is an oxymoron. Instead, I argue that these two traditions can be productively juxtaposed whereby their junctures and disjunctures can be revealed and used as a pedagogical space for authentic environmental and cultural learning by engaging students in constructing thick descriptions (as Bowers advocates) and critical analyses, both historically and contemporaneously, of the places they inhabit.

Item ID: 19472
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1469-5871
Keywords: critical pedagogy; place‐based education; environmental learning; globalisation; local; thick description
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2011 01:20
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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