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Title: Teaching and Place - a Mutual Relation
Contributor(s): Noone, Genevieve  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2006
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Abstract: "To be at all - to exist in any way - is to be somewhere and to be somewhere is to be in some kind of place... Nothing we do is unplaced." --Edward Casey (1997: 3). Teaching occurs in place. Every teacher is teaching somewhere; in some place. In fact, everybody is always in some place; in some part of the world: 'even the exiled, the drifting, the diasporic or the perpetually moving, live in some ... stretch of it' (Geertz, 1996: 262). But place is more than just the physical location; the site we can pinpoint using cartography and global positioning systems. Place is both physical and non-physical. Place is sensed, embodied and relational. According to Edward Casey (1997: 286) place 'is no fixed thing ... [it is] part of something ongoing and dynamic, ingredient in something else.' This paper considers place as an ingredient in teaching; and in particular in the teaching of environmental education. It presents data from research with graduate1 teachers in rural schools; a study which employed a methodology based in the creative arts in order to facilitate the participants' representations of their relations with place. In exploring the relation between teaching and place I suggest that this relation is mutual: to teach is to be in a mutual relation with place.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: 14th Biennial Conference of the Australian Association for Environmental Education (AAEE), Bunbury, Western Australia, 3rd - 6th October, 2006
Conference Details: 14th Biennial Conference of the Australian Association for Environmental Education (AAEE), Bunbury, Western Australia, 3rd - 6th October, 2006
Source of Publication: Sharing wisdom for our future, Environmental education in action: Proceedings of the National Conference of the Australian Association for Environmental Education, p. 215-227
Publisher: Australian Association for Environmental Education
Place of Publication: Sydney, Australia
Field of Research (FOR): 220310 Phenomenology
130299 Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified
HERDC Category Description: E2 Non-Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
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