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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/27368

Title: A Garden of Learning: Exploring Critical Place-based Pedagogy in Kindergarten
Authors: Weigand, Rebecca
Advisor: Pedretti, Erminia
Department: Curriculum, Teaching and Learning
Keywords: environmental education
Reggio Emilia
place-based
critical pedagogy
Issue Date: 31-May-2011
Abstract: The pressing environmental crisis compels educators to question the purposes and practices of formal education and to adopt environmentally-informed transformative approaches to education. Critical place-based learning refers to a wide variety of approaches to teaching and learning that take the local context as the starting point for curriculum that fosters a critical stance towards the status quo. There is a need for more research that brings together environmental and critical learning goals in the early years. In this qualitative case study, I explored critical place-based learning and teaching in kindergarten. I explored the parallels between critical place-based learning and a Reggio Emilia-inspired emergent curriculum approach. I considered how teacher researcher collaboration served to support teacher professional development. This study demonstrated the possibilities, benefits, and challenges, of critical place-based learning in the early years. I conclude with some recommendations for facilitating critical place-based learning in the early years.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/27368
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