Space and place in education

Year: 2007

Author: Somerville, Margaret

Type of paper: Refereed paper

The questions of climate change, drought and eco-social sustainability have emerged recently as the big questions facing global populations today. These are issues of space and place. The response to these problems has largely been framed in terms of the techno-scientific solutions of modernity – moving water, building more dams, desalination plants- combined with a neoliberal economic approach - water trading, carbon trading, economic sanctions. But what might be an adequate educational response? How might we educate a generation of children and adults who inhabit a global cyber world to be attached to their local places, to inhabit, and to know place differently?