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Place-Based Pedagogy
An Annotated Bibliography

Originally compiled September-December 2014 with additions and updates noted.

For comments and submissions contact Professor Jeffrey Partridge, jpartridge@capitalcc.edu.

Jeffrey F.L. Partridge

The Hartford Heritage Project is a place-based education (PBE) initiative. PBE takes the place where a school is located and incorporates it into the curriculum. Thus, museums, historical societies, parks, community centers, care facilities, local businesses, government agencies, and other valuable community resources become an extension of the classroom. This gives students a practical and local context for knowledge learned in their courses, and it makes the school a vital part of the life of the community. The following bibliography is intended as a resource for faculty and researchers.

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Part One: The Philosophy of Place


Casey, Edward S. The Fate of Place: A Philosophical History. Berkeley: U of California P, 1998. Print. (show/hide)

Casey, Edward S. Getting Back into Place: Toward a Renewed Understanding of the Place-World. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1993. Print. (show/hide)

Dirlik, Arif. “Place-Based Imagination: Globalism and the Politics of Place.” Review 22.22 (1999): 151-187. JSTOR. Web. 29 Sep. 2014. (show/hide)

Hiss, Tony. The Experience of Place: A Completely New Way of Looking at and Dealing with our Radically Changing Cities and Countryside. New York: Knopf, 1990. Print. (show/hide)

McClay, Wilfred M. and Ted V. McAllister eds. Why Place Matters: Geography, Identity, and Civic Life in Modern America. New York: Encounter Books, 2014. Print. (show/hide)

Theobald, Paul. Teaching the Commons: Place, Pride, and the Renewal of Community. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1997. Print. (show/hide)

Part Two: The Pedagogy of Place


Ault, Jr, Charles R. “Achieving ‘Querencia’: Integrating a Sense of Place with Disciplined Thinking.” Curriculum Inquiry 38.5 (2008): 605-637. JSTOR. Web. 29 Sep. 2014. (show/hide)

Aoun, Joseph E. “Learning Today: the Lasting Value of Place.” Chronicle of Higher Education 57.36 (13 May 2011). EBSCO. Web. 27 Oct. 2014. (show/hide)

Ball, Eric L. and Alice Lai. “Place-Based Pedagogy for the Arts and Humanities.” Pedagogy 6.2 (Spring 2006): 261-287. Project MUSE. Web. 26 Sep. 2014. (show/hide)

Barton, Calabrese and Christina Berchini. “Becoming an Insider: Teaching Science in Urban Settings.” Theory into Practice 52 (2013): 21-27. JSTOR. Web. 29 Sep. 2014. (show/hide)

Bishop, Sharon. “The Power of Place.” The English Journal 93.6 (Jul., 2004): 65-69. JSTOR. Web. 26 Sep. 2014. (show/hide)

Black, Susan. “Learning in Place.” American School Board Journal (Nov. 2008): 40-42. EBSCO. Web. 26 Sep. 2014. (show/hide)

Borgelt, Ida, et al. “Using Digital Narratives to Communicate About Place-Based Experiences in Science.” Teaching Science 55.1 (Mar. 2009): 41-45. EBSCO. Web. 26 Sep. 2014. (show/hide)

Bowers, C. A. “Why a Critical Pedagogy of Place is an Oxymoron.” Environmental Education Research 14.3 (Jun. 2008): 325–335. EBSCO. Web. 22 Sep. 2014.
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Greenwood (formerly, Gruenewald), David A. “A Critical Pedagogy of Place: From Gridlock to Parallax.” Environmental Education Research 14.3 (Jun. 2008): 336–348. EBSCO. Web. 22 Sep. 2014. (show/hide)

Bruce, Bertram C. and Naomi Bloch. “Pragmatism and Community Inquiry: A Case Study of Community-Based Learning.” Education and Culture 29.1 (2013): 27-45. EBSCO. Web. 24 Oct. 2014. (show/hide)

Cameron, John. “Place, Goethe and Phenomenology: A Theoretic Journey.” Janus Head 8.1 (2005): 174-198. EBSCO. Web. 22 Sep. 2014. (show/hide)

Coughlin, Christine A. and Susan A. Kirch. “Place-Based Education: A Transformative Activist Stance.” Cultural Studies of Science Education 5 (2010): 911-921. EBSCO. Web. 24 Oct. 2014. (show/hide)

Dobson, Stephen. “Urban Pedagogy: A Proposal for the Twenty-First Century.” London Review of Education 4.2 (July 2006): 99-114. EBSCO. Web. 22 Sep. 2014. (show/hide)

Elfer, Charles Joseph. “Place-Based Education: A Review of Historical Precedents in Theory & Practice.” Diss. University of Georgia, 2011. Print. (show/hide)

Evans, Russell T. and Emin Kilinc. “History of Place-Based Education in the Social Studies Field.” Journal of Social Sciences 6.14 (2013): 263-280. EBSCO. Web. 22 Sep. 2014. (show/hide)

Evenbeck, Scott, Paulette Dalpes, and Linda E. Merians. “The Idea of Place.” In Service Learning at the American Community College. Eds. Amy E. Traver and Zivah Perel Katz. Palgrave, 2014. 287-296. Print. (show/hide)

Fettes, Mark and Gillian Judson. “Imagination and the Cognitive Tools of Place-Making.” The Journal of Environmental Education42.2 (2011): 123-135. EBSCO. Web. 22 Sep. 2014. (show/hide)

Flynn, Joseph, Andrew T. Kemp, and David Callejo Perez. “You Can’t Teach Where You Don’t Know: Fusing Place-Based Education and Whiteness Studies for Social Justice.” Curriculum and Teaching Dialogue 12.1 & 2 (2009-2010): 137-151. EBSCO. Web. 22 Sep. 2014. (show/hide)

Ford, Maureen. “Quandaries of Place (-Based Education).” Philosophy of Education Yearbook (2005): 221-224. EBSCO. Web. 24 Oct. 2014. (show/hide)

Goodson, Lori Atkins and Matt Skillen. “Small-Town Perspectives, Big-Time Motivation: Composing and Producing Place-Based Podcasts.” The English Journal 100.1 (September 2010): 53-57. JSTOR. Web. 29 Sep. 2014. (show/hide)

Goralnik, Lissy, et al. “An Environmental Pedagogy of Care: Emotion, Relationships, and Experience in Higher Education Ethics Learning” Journal of Experiential Education 35.3 (2012): 412-428. EBSCO. Web. 24 Oct. 2014. (show/hide)

Gradle, Sally. “Ecology of Place: Art Education in a Relational World.” Studies in Art Education 48.4 (2007): 392-411. JSTOR. Web. 26 Sep. 2014. (show/hide)

Graham, Mark A. “Art, Ecology and Art Education: Locating Art Education in a Critical Place-based Pedagogy.” Studies in Art Education 48.4 (2007): 375-391. EBSCO. Web. 24 Oct. 2014. (show/hide)

Graham, Mark. “Exploring Special Places: Connecting Secondary Art Students to Their Island Community.” Art Education 60.3 (2007): 12-18. JSTOR. Web. 26 Sep. 2014. (show/hide)

Greenwood (formerly, Gruenewald), David A. “A Critical Pedagogy of Place: From Gridlock to Parallax.” Environmental Education Research 14.3 (2008): 336–348. EBSCO. Web. 22 Sep. 2014.

See Bowers 2008.

Gruenewald, David A. “Foundations of Place: A Multidisciplinary Framework for Place-Conscious Education.” American Educational Research Journal 40.3 (2003): 619-654. JSTOR. Web. 26 Sep. 2014. (show/hide)

Gruenewald, David A. “The Best of Both Worlds: A Critical Pedagogy of Place” Educational Researcher 32.4 (May, 2003): 3-12. JSTOR. Web. 29. Sep. 2014. (show/hide)

Gruenewald, David A. and Gregory A. Smith, eds. Place-Based Education in the Golden Age: Local Diversity. New York: Taylor and Francis, 2008. Print. (show/hide)

Gruenewald, David A., Nancy Koppelman, and Anna Elam. “‘Our Place in History’: Inspiring Place-Based Social History in Schools and Communities.” The Journal of Museum Education 32.3 (2007): 233-242. JSTOR. Web. 26 Sep. 2014. (show/hide)

Jennings, Nancy, Steve Swidler, and Christopher Koliba. “Place-Based Education in the Standards-Based Reform Era—Conflict or Complement?” American Journal of Education 112.1 (2005): 44-65. JSTOR. Web. 26 Sep. 2014. (show/hide)

Kinloch, Valerie. “Literacy, Community, and Youth Acts of Place-Making” English Education 41. 4 (2009): 316-336. JSTOR. Web. 26 Sep. 2014. (show/hide)

Kitchens, John. “Situated Pedagogy and the Situationist International: Countering a Pedagogy of Placelessness.” Educational Studies 45 (2009): 240-261. EBSCO. Web. 24 Oct. 2014. (show/hide)

Knapp, Clifford E. “The ‘I-Thou’ Relationship, Place-Based Education, and Aldo Leopold.” Journal of Experiential Education 27.3 (2005): 277-285. EBSCO. Web. 24 Oct. 2014. (show/hide)

Lim, Miyoun. “Historical Consideration of Place: Inviting Multiple Histories and Narratives in Place-Based Education.” Cultural Studies of Science Education 5 (2010): 899-909. EBSCO. Web. 24 Oct. 2014. (show/hide)

Lowenstein, Ethan, Rebecca Martusewicz, and Lisa Voelker. “Developing Teachers’ Capacity for EcoJustice Education and Community-Based Learning. Teacher Education Quarterly 37.4 (Fall 2010): 99-118. JSTOR. Web. 26 Sep. 2014. (show/hide)

Mawhinney, Hanne B. “The Microecology of Social Capital Formation: Developing Community Beyond the Schoolhouse Door.” In School As Community: From Promise to Practice. Ed. Gail Furman. Albany: State U of New York P, 2002. 235-55. Print. (show/hide)

McInerney, Peter, John Smyth, and Barry Down. “‘Coming to a Place Near You?’ The Politics and Possibilities of a Critical Pedagogy of Place-Based Education.” Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education 39.1 (Feb. 2011): 3-16. EBSCO. Web. 22 Sep. 2014. (show/hide)

Miele, Eleanor A. and Wayne G. Powell. “Science and the City: Community Cultural and Natural Resources at the Core of a Place-Based, Science Teacher Preparation Program.” Journal of College Science Teaching 40.2 (2010): 40-44. EBSCO. Web. 24 Oct. 2014. (show/hide)

Moran, Caitlin. “At Temple U., the City Is the Classroom.” Chronicle of Higher Education 55.14 (28 Nov. 2008): A1-A21 (3p.). EBSCO. Web. 22 Sep. 2014. (show/hide)

Nespor, Jan. “Education and Place: A Review Essay.” Educational Theory 58.4 (2008): 475-489. EBSCO. Web. 22 Sep. 2014. (show/hide)

O’Connor, Richard A. and Scott Bennett. “The Power of Place in Learning.” Planning for Higher Education 33.4 (June-August 2005): 28-30. EBSCO. Web. 24 Oct. 2014. (show/hide)

Powers, Amy L. “An Evaluation of Four Place-Based Education Program.” The Journal of Environmental Education 35.4 (Summer 2004): 17-32. EBSCO. Web. 24 Oct. 2014. (show/hide)

Resor, Cynthia Williams. “Place-Based Education: What is Its Place in the Social Studies Classroom?” The Social Studies 101 (2010): 185-188. EBSCO. Web. 24 Oct. 2014. (show/hide)

Ruitenberg, Claudia. “Deconstructing the Experience of the Local: Toward a Radical Pedagogy of Place.” Philosophy of Education Yearbook (2005): 212-220. EBSCO. Web. 24 Oct. 2014. (show/hide)

Russell-Ciardi, Maggie. “Place-based Education in an Urban Environment.” Museum International 58.3 (2006): 71-77. EBSCO. Web. 22 Sep. 2014. (show/hide)

Scheuerman, Richard, Kristine Gritter, Carrie Jim Schuster and Gordon Fisher. “Sharing the Fire: Place-Based Learning with Columbia Plateau Legends.” The English Journal 99. 5 (May 2010): 47-54. JSTOR. 26 Sep. 2014. (show/hide)

Showalter, D. A. (2013). “Place-based mathematics education: A conflated pedagogy?” Journal of Research in Rural Education28.6 (2013): 1-13. EBSCO. Web. 24 Oct. 2014. (show/hide)

Sloan, Connor. “Transforming Multicultural Classrooms through Creative Place-Based Learning.” Multicultural Education (Fall 2013): 26-32. EBSCO. Web. 24 Oct. 2014. (show/hide)

Smith, Gregory A. “Going Local.” Educational Leadership (September 2002): 30-33. EBSCO. Web. 24 Oct. 2014. (show/hide)

Smith, Gregory A. “Place-Based Education: Breaking Through the Constraining Regularities of Public School.” Environmental Education Research 13.2 (April 2007): 189-207. EBSCO. Web. 22 Sep. 2014. (show/hide)

Smith, Gregory A. “Place-Based Education: Learning to Be Where We Are.” The Phi Delta Kappan 83.8 (Apr. 2002): 584-594. JSTOR. Web. 26 Sep. 2014. (show/hide)

Smith, Gregory and David Sobel. “Bring it on Home.” Independent School 72.3 (Spring 2013): 94-102. EBSCO. Web. 24 Oct. 2014. (show/hide)

Sobel, David. Place-Based Education: Connecting Classrooms and Communities. 2nd ed. Great Barrington, MA: Orion, 2013. Print. (show/hide)

Sobel, David, and Gregory A. Smith. Place- and Community-based Education in Schools. New York: Routledge, 2010. Print. (show/hide)

Somerville, Margaret J. “A Place Pedagogy for ‘Global Contemporaneity.’” Education Philosophy and Theory 42.3 (2010): 326-344. EBSCO. Web. 22 Sep. 2014. (show/hide)

Stevenson, Robert B. “A Critical Pedagogy of Place and the Critical Place(s) of Pedagogy.” Environmental Education Research14.3 (June 2008): 353-360. EBSCO. Web. 22 Sep. 2014. (show/hide)

Straus, Emily E. and Dawn M. Eckenrode. “Engaging Past and Present: Service-Learning in the College History Classroom.” The History Teacher 47.2 (February 2014): 253-266. EBSCO. Web. 24 Oct. 2014. (show/hide)

Taylor, L. Hill and Robert J. Helfenbein. “Mapping Everyday: Gender, Blackness, and Discourse in Urban Contexts.” Educational Studies 45 (2009): 319-329. EBSCO. Web. 24 Oct. 2014. (show/hide)

Theobald, Paul. “A Case for Inserting Community into Public School Curriculum.” American Journal of Education 112.3 (May 2006): 315-334. JSTOR. Web. 26 Sep. 2014. (show/hide)

Thompson, Carla J. and Sandra B. Davis. “Community-Based Learning Experiences of Graduate Education Students within Applied Statistics and Science: Emerging Insights.” Journal of Community Engagement and Higher Education 5.1 (2013): 48-56. EBSCO. Web. 24 Oct. 2014. (show/hide)

Thompson, Pat. “Miners, Diggers, Ferals and Show-Men: School-Community Projects That Affirm and Unsettle Identities and Place?” British Journal of Sociology of Education 27.1 (Feb., 2006): 81-96. JSTOR. Web. 26 Sep. 2014. (show/hide)

Utt, Emily and Steven L. Olsen. “A Sense of Place in Museum Public Programming: Three Case Studies.” The Journal of Museum Education 32.3 Place-Based Education and the Museum (Fall 2007): 295-302. JSTOR. Web. 26 Sep. 2014. (show/hide)

van Eijck, Michiel and Wolff-Michael Roth. “Towards a Chronotopic Theory of ‘Place’ in Place-Based Education.” Cultural Studies of Science Education 5 (2010): 869–898. EBSCO. Web. 24 Oct. 2014. (show/hide)

Victor, Lauren. “Making a Long-Term Impact on Students Through a Place-Based, Experiential Approach to Academics.” Curriculum and Teaching Dialogue 15.1,2: 83-96. EBSCO. Web. 22 Sep. 2014. (show/hide)

Villeneuve, Pat and Amanda Martin-Hamon. “At the Heart of It: Museums and Place-Based Study in Rural Communities.” The Journal of Museum Education 32.3 Place-Based Education and the Museum (Fall 2007): 253-262. JSTOR. Web. 26 Sep. 2014. (show/hide)