Teaching about Place: Learning from the Land

Teaching about Place: Learning from the Land

by Laird Christensen
     
 

The sixteen essays in this anthology describe the practice of teaching about place, with the goal of inspiring educators as well as other readers to discover the value of close investigation of their own places. The contributors discuss places from the desert river canyons of the American West, to the bayous of Texas, to wildlife refuges on the Atlantic Coast, to

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The sixteen essays in this anthology describe the practice of teaching about place, with the goal of inspiring educators as well as other readers to discover the value of close investigation of their own places. The contributors discuss places from the desert river canyons of the American West, to the bayous of Texas, to wildlife refuges on the Atlantic Coast, to New England’s forests and river, and back to the wildland-urban interface in suburban Southern California.
These essays reveal broader lessons about the possibilities and limitations that come with teaching about place and inhabiting our own places outside the classroom. Contributors include: Ann Zwinger, Bradley John Monsma, SueEllen Campbell, Terrell Dixon, and John Elder.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780874177329
Publisher:
University of Nevada Press
Publication date:
02/28/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction: Why Teach About Place?
Laird Christensen and Hal Crimmel

Part One: Teaching in Place

1. Calamity Brook to Ground Zero
Laird Christensen

2. Learning Nature Through the Senses
Susan Zwinger and Ann Zwinger

3. Uplift and Erosion: Together Along the San Gabriel Front
Bradley John Monsma

4. A Teacher on the Long Trail
John Elder

Part Two: Making Connections

5. Thinking About Women in Place
Cheryll Glotfelty

6. The Complexities of Places
SueEllen Campbell

7. A Place at the Table: Writing for Environmental Studies
Jeffrey Mathes McCarthy

8. Meet the Creek
Ellen Goldey and John Lane

9. Beneath the Surface: Natural Landscapes, Cultural Meanings, and Teaching About Place
Kent C. Ryden

Part Three: Meeting the Challenges

10. Idiot Out Wandering Around: A Few Words About Teaching Place in the Heartland
John Price

11. The Bayou and the Ship Channel: Finding Place and Building
Community in Houston, Texas
Terrell Dixon and Lisa Slappey

12. Rediscovering Indian Creek: Imagining Community on the Snake River Plain
Rochelle Johnson

13. Gifts and Misgivings in Place
Paul Lindholdt

14. Weaving the Wild: Exploring the Paradox of Teaching About Wilderness as Place
Greg Gordon

15. Teaching About Place in an Era of Geographical Detachment
Hal Crimmel

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