A Natural History of Place in Education by David Hutchison, David W. Orr PDF

By David Hutchison, David W. Orr

This booklet considers the philosophy of position in schooling and daily life, the historical past of and present tendencies in class layout, the varsity infrastructure trouble, and the connection among the philosophy of schooling and lecture room layout. Hutchison argues that pressures on faculties linked to declining budgets, competing ideologies, and economic/technological shifts have the capability to considerably modify the panorama of the K-12 university event. He discusses innovations for mediating those pressures and strengthening a feeling of position in schooling.

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Of course, there are classrooms, playgrounds, gymnasiums, auditoriums, music rooms, cafeterias, staff rooms, and myriad other spaces which are formally known by their purpose and function; but place in school is something more than a simple topographic representation of a site. The meanings that students and teachers attribute to such spaces are also important in defining the culture of the school. How we make sense of a space—both individually and collectively—goes a long way in determining how we make use of that space.

To empower students to respond effectively to social and environmental challenges. A strong focus on each child’s developmental experience of place, including home, found spaces, favorite places, pathways, routes, and developing spatial sensibilities. A strong focus on the natural and built environments of the local community, its innermost workings, cultural artifacts, history, and peoples. School/community partnerships are promoted. A strong focus on contemporary social issues and current events.

Although they are no doubt all worthwhile, each of these approaches does amplify a certain way of viewing the environment while dampening others. , community gardening) privilege the study of the local over the study of the global. , world study) instead privilege the global by stressing the interconnections between environment, economics, conflict, and development at an international level. , acclimatization) that aim to nurture a psychosocial affinity for the natural world, an affective connection that promotes a continuity between self and world (Van Matre, 1974).

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