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Pedagogy for Restoration

Addressing Social and Ecological Degradation through Education


David Krzesni

Pedagogy for Restoration seeks to understand the conditions leading to the destruction of Earth in order to discover pedagogy for restoration. As we degrade the planet we degrade ourselves and as we degrade ourselves we degrade the planet. Moral development and socialization significantly influence our participation in, construction of, or resistance to the systems of oppression that degrade us. The process of restorative education recognizes that humans are fundamentally good and moral and seeks to promote healthy moral development. We must help students meet their basic needs, center their own identities and experience, and simultaneously emphasize community and relationships to help them find a sense of purpose. These efforts facilitate social and ecological restoration by allowing students to reach a physical and emotional place that is conducive to learning and self-efficacy so that they may engage with whatever issues they find important in their own way and on their own terms.
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Advance Praise for Pedagogy for Restoration


“David Krzesni’s Pedagogy for Restoration is a deeply personal work that raises important questions about the relationship between social and ecological degradation. The book is incredibly timely as such questions and examinations are proving to be among the most trenchant of our time. Krzesni’s focus on the politics of hope, empathy, and moral education not only provides a unique frame through which to consider the structures of oppression and liberation but also offers students of education and social change what they have long asked for—a pedagogy of restoration.”

—Sandy Grande, Associate Professor, Co-Chair, Education Department, Director, Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity, Connecticut College

“At a time where much looks bleak for people and their relationships with themselves, others, and with the earth, we need narratives of renewal, purpose, and possibility. We need guides to remind ourselves of our own potential to heal broken relationships. In Pedagogy for Restoration, David Krzesni is such a guide. This book will challenge your identity as an educator and provide you with pathways for your own revitalization in connection with others.”

—David A. Greenwood, Canada Research Chair in Environmental Education, Director, Centre for Place and Sustainability Studies, Faculty of Education, Lakehead University

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