Learning Cycles: Enriching Ways of Knowing Place

Sandra Wooltorton, Peta White, Marilyn Palmer, Len Collard

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We share a story about a katitjin bidi, a learning journey in a bioregion with a multimillennial Aboriginal history. As part of this katitjin bidi, three environmental educators implemented a place-based pedagogy called ‘becoming family with place’, while a fourth participated in the preplanning and final reflective stages. Our story includes cycles of ways of knowing, resulting in an enriched practice of being-with our place. Our story is underpinned by Aboriginal epistemologies to reimagine regenerative futures linked with those of ‘the long now’ — the past, present and future here now. Ours is a particular story that lives in a particular southwest place. There are layers of meanings that live right across the landscapes in the southwest of Australia — and many of them are hiding in full view. You might like to try this pedagogy in school learning, teacher education, and community education contexts.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages18
JournalAustralian Journal of Environmental Education
Issue number1
Early online date18 May 2020
Publication statusPublished - 18 Mar 2021


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