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Teaching about Place: Learning from the Land

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874177329
  • Publisher: University of Nevada Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Laird Christensen is associate professor of English and environmental studies at Green Mountain College, where he also directs the environmental studies graduate program. He has published many poems and numerous essays on environmental subjects.

Hal Crimmel is associate professor of English at Weber State University. He is the author of Dinosaur: Four Seasons on the Green and Yampa Rivers, editor of Teaching in the Field: Working with Students in the Outdoor Classroom, and has published numerous essays on wilderness and outdoor-related topics.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Why Teach About Place?   Laird Christensen   Hal Crimmel     ix
Teaching in Place
Calamity Brook to Ground Zero   Laird Christensen     3
Learning Nature Through the Senses   Susan Zwinger   Ann Zwinger     20
Uplift and Erosion: Together Along the San Gabriel Front   Bradley John Monsma     37
A Teacher on the Long Trail   John Elder     51
Making Connections
Thinking About Women in Place   Cheryll Glotfelty     67
The Complexity of Places   Sueellen Campbell     83
A Place at the Table: Writing for Environmental Studies   Jeffrey Mathes McCarthy     98
Meet the Creek   Ellen Goldey   John Lane     111
Beneath the Surface: Natural Landscapes, Cultural Meanings, and Teaching About Place   Kent C. Ryden     125
Meeting the Challenges
Idiot Out Wandering Around: A Few Words About Teaching Place in the Heartland   John Price     139
The Bayou and the Ship Channel: Finding Place and Building Community in Houston, Texas   Terrell Dixon   Lisa Slappey     154
Rediscovering Indian Creek: Imagining Community on the Snake River Plain   Rochelle Johnson     170
Gifts andMisgivings in Place   Paul Lindholdt     186
Weaving Wildness: The Paradox of Teaching About Wilderness and Place   Greg Gordon     203
Teaching About Place in an Era of Geographical Detachment   Hal Crimmel     219
Contributors     235
Index     241
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