Dr. Linda Wason-Ellam is a literacy professor-researcher at University of Saskatchewan where she works with a primary urban school in Canada. Concerned that children spend long hours in cyberspace, she designed a curriculum reconnecting children to their local places through children’s literature. The classroom integrated reading picture storybooks with art, photography, poetry, map-making, reflective writing, filed walks and conversations. The author concludes, “Combining place-based education with social constructivist pedagogy fostered places for learning for children to create a knowing that they, too, can take action for places where they live throughout their lives.”
SOURCE: Wason-Ellam, L. (2010). Children’s literature as a springboard to place-based embodied learning. Environmental education research, 16(3), 279-294.