Creating Transdisciplinary Dialogue
Edited By Marianne E. Krasny and Justin Dillon
Chapter 11. Mobility, Power, and Scale in Place-Based Environmental Education: Richard C. Stedman and Nicole M. Ardoin
Mobility, Power, and Scale in Place-Based Environmental Education
Richard C. Stedman and Nicole M. Ardoin
Sense of place and environmental education are increasingly being brought into orbit with each other, often under the auspices of place-based education. Programs that seek to conjoin the two rest on, but less frequently question, assumptions related to notions of what is meant by the local, especially in the context of the hypermobility that characterizes the late modern age. This chapter illuminates those assumptions through situating the dynamic field of place-based education within the larger sense-of-place literature and articulating a vision of place-based education that is reflexive and poised to respond to some of these key assumptions. We examine the local-to-global continuum as it relates to people’s place connections, and how these connections may be expressed in a highly mobile population. As such, we consider place within the context of the localized and globalized nature of environmental issues and citizenship. We therefore interrogate the potential for transferability of place connections and the processes through which a sense of place develops. We conclude with a statement of research needs and nascent approaches that, if engaged, could help inform a more reflexive and theoretically based implementation of place-based education at ← 231 | 232 → a range of scales, taking into account the challenges and opportunities posed by mobility and the emergence of global environmental problems.
Our experience in interrogating these issues, areas, and core questions—and coalescing them through...
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