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Breaking new ground? Reflections on greening school grounds as sites of ecological, pedagogical and social transformation

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Dyment, JE and Reid, A (2005) Breaking new ground? Reflections on greening school grounds as sites of ecological, pedagogical and social transformation. Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, 10 (1). pp. 286-301. ISSN 1205-5352

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Abstract

In this paper, we explore greening initiatives in school grounds as sites
where ecological, pedagogical, and social transformation might be promoted
and take place. Reflecting on our evaluations of school ground greening initiatives
in Canada and England, we note that these initiatives are often at
the margins of young peoples' experiences in schools and that their potential
to be truly transformative can go unrealized. A series of tensions are
highlighted in addressing a shift towards realizing their potential; these
include situating greening school grounds more explicitly within the curriculum
and securing broader institutional support. We also identify a more
radical option, the repositioning of the kinds of outdoor learning that
occurs in green school grounds as the basis of teaching and learning in
Sterling's (2004) vision for 'sustainable education.'

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Canadian Journal of Environmental Education
Page Range: pp. 286-301
ISSN: 1205-5352
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The Canadian Journal of Environmental Education is an open access journal.

Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2007
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:21
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