Pedagogy and the Poetic: Nurturing Ecological Sensibility Through Language and Literature

Patrick Howard


This article provides an overview of the context, methodology, and theoretical framework of a research project conducted with coastal Newfoundland children living in communities deeply affected by the collapse of the marine ecosystem. Through a participatory engagement with bioregional poetry, the author investigates how children grow in their capacity to develop an ecological sensibility for the places they inhabit. The article critically examines the technical, resourcist bias of present educational discourse and proposes it is imperative that the term
“ecology” be reclaimed for education.

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