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A global sense of place: geography and sustainability education in a primary context

Preston, Lou 2015, A global sense of place: geography and sustainability education in a primary context, Social educator, vol. 33, no. 3, pp. 29-41.

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Title A global sense of place: geography and sustainability education in a primary context
Author(s) Preston, Lou
Journal name Social educator
Volume number 33
Issue number 3
Start page 29
End page 41
Total pages 13
Publisher Social Education Association of Australia
Place of publication [Brisbane, Qld.]
Publication date 2015-12
ISSN 1328-3480
Keyword(s) Geography
Primary education
Sustainability education
Place
Summary In this paper, I draw on Massey's conceptualisation of space and place and literature on children's geographies to argue for the importance of "a global sense of place" (Massey, 1991, p. 29) in geography (and sustainability) education. Reporting on interviews with six Victorian primary teaSustainability educationhers' and their conceptions and perceptions of geography, I contend that place in their imagining is commonly represented as bounded, contained and static. This is in contrast to Massey's understanding of place as immersed in global networks/processes, a product of interrelations and continuously changing. I conclude this paper by presenting an example of a primary unit that provides opportunities for students to develop an outward sense of place; one which foregrounds the interconnections and interdependence of places and processes.
Language eng
Field of Research 130299 Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified
130205 Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl Economics, Business and Management)
1302 Curriculum And Pedagogy
Socio Economic Objective 930201 Pedagogy
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2015, Social Education Association of Australia
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30080373

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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