Currere and the Environmental Autobiography: A Phenonmenological Approach to the Teaching of Ecology / Edition 1

Currere and the Environmental Autobiography: A Phenonmenological Approach to the Teaching of Ecology / Edition 1

by Marilyn Doerr
     
 

ISBN-10: 0820463698

ISBN-13: 9780820463698

Pub. Date: 01/28/2004

Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Inc.

This book documents a high school ecology class that employs currere, William Pinar’s idea for curriculum as autobiographical text, and analyzes the course’s success from the author’s point of view as both the practitioner and the curriculum developer. Discussing individual students’ responses to currere in a project termed the

Overview

This book documents a high school ecology class that employs currere, William Pinar’s idea for curriculum as autobiographical text, and analyzes the course’s success from the author’s point of view as both the practitioner and the curriculum developer. Discussing individual students’ responses to currere in a project termed the Environmental Autobiography (EA) - a twist on currere that emphasizes environmental experience - this book examines how ecology is taught in high schools; how ecologists are produced, along with the importance of ecology in school curriculum today; the necessary preparation of the classroom and the students for the currere process; and the five themes that recur frequently in the EA project: caring, insecurity and gender issues, egocentrism, politicization, and definitions of success. ‘Currere’ and the Environmental Autobiography illustrates how the currere project brought an unprecedented richness and intensity to the ecology class, moving the students from «I know», to «I care», to «I want to do something about this».

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820463698
Publisher:
Peter Lang Publishing Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/2004
Series:
Complicated Conversation Ser., #4
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
207
Product dimensions:
6.08(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.48(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter IIntroduction: A Fan of Eyes1
Part 1A Science Curriculum Enhanced by Pinar's Currere5
Chapter IICurrere7
Chapter IIICurrere in My Classroom20
Chapter IVData from the First Year's EAs: Discovering "Nature's Temporary Cushion"32
Chapter VNarratives from Subsequent Years' EAs: "Not Till We Are Completely Lost or Turned Around Do We Appreciate the Vastness and Strangeness of Nature"72
Chapter VIMy Pedagogy95
Chapter VIIWhat Kind of Ecologists/Scientists Are Schools Turning Out?114
Part 2A Science Curriculum That Is Both Phenomenological and Postmodern129
Chapter VIIIAn Ecology Curriculum That Is Both Phenomenological and Postmodern131
Chapter IXCaring in Schools140
Chapter XInsecurities/Gender Issues147
Chapter XIMoving Away from Egocentrism158
Chapter XIIPoliticization168
Chapter XIIIDefinitions of Success177
Chapter XIVConclusion182
AppendixHow I Did My Research187
Bibliography197

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