Place-based Education in Transition: (Re) integrating Place-based Education into a Teacher Education Program
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This study explores the experiences of teachers undertaking place-based education in or near Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, including their perceptions of the best ways of implementing place-based education. In all, seven teachers undertaking place-based education in their teaching practices were interviewed to share their experiences. Qualitative interviews with the aid of an interview guide were used to collect data. In collecting the data, five individual interviews and one group interview involving two teachers were conducted. Content analysis was used in analyzing the data. Three overarching research questions guided this research. These had to do with the experiences of teachers undertaking place-based education, challenges of teachers undertaking place-based education in their teaching practice, and knowledge and skills needed to implement place-based education. The interviews with the participants were transcribed and coded resulting in ten themes emerging. The themes that emerged helped to answer the three overarching research questions. The findings suggests that although challenges exist in implementing place-based education, educators can overcome these challenges if they are motivated, adaptable and willing to work with all stakeholders in a place-based program. Finally, new teachers who want to implement place-based education in their teaching practices must understand the local community, understand different teaching and learning methods, and gain knowledge and understanding in safety issues.
DegreeMaster of Education (M.Ed.)
CommitteeMcVittie, Janet; Lynn, Lemisko
Copyright DateAugust 2014
Place-based education, Outdoor education, Sustainability, Community and Pedagogy.