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Learning cycles: enriching ways of knowing place
journal contributionposted on 2021-03-01, 00:00 authored by S Wooltorton, Peta WhitePeta White, M Palmer, L Collard
We share a story about a katitjin bidi, a learning journey in a bioregion with a multimillennial Aboriginal history. As part of this katitjin bidi, three environmental educators implemented a place-based pedagogy called 'becoming family with place', while a fourth participated in the preplanning and final reflective stages. Our story includes cycles of ways of knowing, resulting in an enriched practice of being-with our place. Our story is underpinned by Aboriginal epistemologies to reimagine regenerative futures linked with those of 'the long now'-the past, present and future here now. Ours is a particular story that lives in a particular southwest place. There are layers of meanings that live right across the landscapes in the southwest of Australia- A nd many of them are hiding in full view. You might like to try this pedagogy in school learning, teacher education, and community education contexts.