December 20, 2006

The Pedagogy of Place


This idea of the pedagogy of place fascinates me. It's a simple premise with profound implications. Our world view impacts our world, and our world impacts our world view. As an educator, it reminds me that the relationships between people and places should be a key focus. As Lewis Mumford wrote back in 1938, "Mind takes form in the city; and in turn, urban forms condition mind." I would agree and add that mind also take form in nature, and in turn, nature's forms shape the mind.

Nature's Forms Inspire a Building

I was a key participant in the funding, design and establishment of our Environmental Technology Center --- a "building that teaches." This building teaches about synergy, science and sustainability. In addition to serving as a model green classroom, the ETC offers a variety of educational and professional training programs. Web site of the Environmental Technology Center

More Resources on the Pedagogy of Place

For more information in the ETC design process and the idea of pedagogy of place in higher education, here are a couple of resources.

"The Pedagogy of Place: What Do Our Campuses Teach?" is a 30-minute quicktime movie of a presentation that I gave on campus sustainability at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada in Fall 2002.

Bringing this idea down to my own campus, I've also written a chapter in a book entitled "Higher Education and the Challenge of Sustainability" that describes this idea and applies it in the context of institutions of higher education.

Posted by rohwedde at December 20, 2006 12:44 PM