Rethinking creative educational experience through pedagogies of place

Year: 2021

Author: Wise, Kit, MacDonald, Abbey

Type of paper: Individual Paper

Rethinking creative educational experience through pedagogies of placeThis paper discuss the critical role of place in considering how the more-than-human environment can shape the conditions, tendencies, and potentials for creative educational experience to emerge. Traditionally, place-based education (PBE) has been defined as a teaching–learning process that centres on what is considered local—often students’ own “place”; that is, their immediate schoolyard, neighbourhood, town, or community. Posthumanist researchers (i.e Braidotti, 2013; Haraway, 2016) are generating new concepts, tools and methods for critically addressing conditions of glocal (Kickbusch, 1999) entanglement; in many cases drawing on process philosophy, affect studies, and Indigenous philosophy to rethink place beyond any one singular location. While PBE rose to significance in the 1980s as an offshoot of environmental education (Greenwood, 2008), a critical lens enables us to practice slippage (Deleuze & Guatarri, 1988) necessary for engaging with deeper histories and wider reach. Critical PBE (Graham, 2007) offers a theoretical framework that combines the local ecological focus of place-based education with the social focus of critical theory. In this paper we articulate the collision of artist and teacher in place (both as institution and environment) and the subsequent intersections between people, place and practice. The authors' own acts of independent, collective and collaborative curiosity, attuned to the affective dimensions of artistic and pedagogic encounters in place, create new meanings between literature, case studies and our own artistic/pedagogic encounters. The paper articulates creative educational experiences that ground multispecies relations in an ethics of place, explicitly fostering regenerative practices for enhanced multispecies co-existence. From this standpoint, we unfold a relational discourse for ‘becoming-ecological’ (Roussell, 2020) in PBE through multi-species relations with place in specific creative education contexts.Keywords: creative education; posthumanism; creative ecologies; place-based education  References:Braidotti, R. (2013). The posthuman. Cambridge, UK. Polity Press.Deleuze, G., & Guattari, F. (1988). A thousand plateaus: Capitalism and schizophrenia. Bloomsbury Publishing.Haraway, D. J. (2016). Staying with the trouble: Making kin in the Chthulucene. Durham: Duke University Press.Graham, M. A. (2007). Art, ecology and art education: Locating art education in a critical place-based pedagogy. Studies in art education, 48(4), 375-391.Greenwood, D. A. (2008). A critical pedagogy of place: From gridlock to parallax. Environmental education research, 14(3), 336-348.Kickbusch, I. (1999). Global+ local= glocal public health. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 53(8), 451. Rousell, D. (2020). Cosmopolitical encounters in environmental education: becoming-ecological in the intertidal zones of Bundjalung National Park. The Journal of Environmental Education, (52)2, 133-148.