Place-responsive pedagogy: learning from teachers’ experiences of excursions in nature

TitlePlace-responsive pedagogy: learning from teachers’ experiences of excursions in nature
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsMannion, G, Fenwick, A, Lynch, J
JournalEnvironmental Education Research
Pagination792 - 809
Date Published2013/12/01/
ISBN Number1350-4622
Keywordsenvironmental education, Excursions, learning, nature, outdoor, pedagogy, place, place-responsive, teacher development, teacher expertise
AbstractThe nature-based excursion has been a significant teaching strategy in environmental education for decades. This article draws upon empirical data from a collaborative research project where teachers were encouraged to visit natural areas to provide an understanding of their roles and experiences of planning and enacting excursions. The analysis indicates that teachers’ sensitisation towards place was aided by collaboration, advance planning visits and the very practice of making place-responsive excursions with pupils. The authors build on the analysis to propose a theory of place-responsive pedagogy. At its core, place-responsive pedagogy involves the explicit efforts to teach by means of an environment with the aim of understanding and improving human–environment relations. Some implications for teacher professional development are offered.