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By David Hutchison, David W. Orr

This e-book considers the philosophy of position in schooling and daily life, the background of and present tendencies in class layout, the varsity infrastructure obstacle, and the connection among the philosophy of schooling and school room layout. Hutchison argues that pressures on colleges linked to declining budgets, competing ideologies, and economic/technological shifts have the aptitude to significantly modify the panorama of the K-12 university event. He discusses suggestions for mediating those pressures and strengthening a feeling of position in schooling.

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For the uninitiated, knowledge is inculcated. A strong disciplinary focus. Follows a transmission path. Knowledge is inculcated. A strong societal focus. Follows a transaction path. Knowledge is actively constructed. Balances an individual / societal focus. The value of scholarly inquiry is absolute. Intellectual, aesthetic, and moral judgments derived from scholarly inquiry are promoted over subjective values. Values are absolute. Patriotism and nationalism are promoted. Tradition and individual responsibility to society are emphasized.

Values are relative. The congruency of curriculum with a child’s developing sense of place is emphasized. Lessons honor the way children see the world. Values are relative and rooted in the local community context. Social participation and contributions to community development are emphasized. Values are relative. Critical reflection and social criticism are promoted. Environmentalism, social justice, and civil rights are emphasized. A developmentally congruent curriculum that is derived from each child’s developing sense of place.

Hence there is a need to acknowledge another important perspective on place in education—namely, a philosophical perspective that addresses the 24 A Natural History of Place in Education ideological and curricular dimensions of teaching. For it is within such a context that many of the current reform proposals for education are being forwarded. Moreover, as will be argued in later chapters, the impact of these reforms on our conceptions of place in education may well be significant. 2). The door to the classroom is slowly opening and the classroom itself is just now coming into view.

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