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Resources for Science and a Sense of Place

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Science and a Sense of Place:
Locating Ourselves in the World

(July 23-August 3, 2007)

From the Earth to the Moon (Four Disc Collector's Edition) (1998)

Tools and Lessons for Place-Based Education (largely web-based)

Institutional Resources for Place-Based Education

Pedagogy and Theory on Place-Based Education

Literature on a Sense of Place
  • Brand, Stewart. How Buildings Learn: What Happens After They're Built. New York: Viking, 1994.
  • Briggs, Peter. English/Comparative Literature 319: A Sense of Place: Classical, European, American. Bryn Mawr College. Spring 2006.
  • Carson, Rachel. Silent Spring. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1994.
  • A Civil Action. (Videorecording) Dir. Steven Zaillian. Burbank, CA: Touchstone Pictures, 1999. (115 min.)
  • Harr, Jonathan. A Civil Action. New York : Random House, 1995.
  • Thoreau, Henry David. Walden. 1854; rpt. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1988.
  • Vaupel, Robin. My Contract with Henry. New York: Holiday House, 2003.
  • Other authors who justify place-based education from deep ecology/environmental stewardship perspectives: Wendell Berry, Frijof Capra, David Hutchison, Aldo Leopold, Gary Paul Nabhan, Daniel Quinn, and Gary Snyder.
"Emergence" resources:
  • Emergence and Exploration: Institute on Bridging Cultures in K-12 Curricula (Summer 2003)
  • Emergent Pedagogy: Learning to Enjoy the Uncontrollable and Make it Productive: A Conversation in (and on) Process Among Anne Dalke (English), Kim Cassidy (Pyschology), Paul Grobstein (Biology), Doug Blank (Computer Science, Bryn Mawr College) and K-12 Teachers in the Philadelphia Public School System (forthcoming in the Journal of Educational Change)

  • Emergent Systems: A Discussion (Fall 2002-present)
  • Emergence: Biology 361=Computer Science 361 (Bryn Mawr College Course, Spring 2006)
  • Emergence, by Steven Johnson (Fall 2002 discussion)

Resources on "The Place that is the Self" GLSEN, or the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for ALL students. - School
Climate Survey
"75.4% of students heard derogatory remarks such as "faggot" or "dyke"
frequently or often at school, and nearly nine out of ten (89.2%) reported
hearing "that's so gay" or "you're so gay" - meaning stupid or worthless-
frequently or often." - School
"One-third (33%) of teens report that students are frequently harassed
because they are or are perceived to be lesbian, gay or bisexual. The
survey finds that LGBT students are three times as likely as non-LGBT
students to say that they do not feel safe at school (22% vs. 7%) and 90%
of LGBT students (vs. 62% of non-LGBT teens) have been harassed or
assaulted during the past year." - Suicide
"The study also found that about 10 percent of Massachusetts high school
students attempted suicide, according to a survey of about 4,000 students
in 1997. Broken down by sexual orientation, about 40 percent of gay and
bisexual students attempted suicide, compared to about 10 percent of their
heterosexual peers."


Useful keywords for searching this topic: topophilia, ecological/environmental literacy, place-based education, bioregion(alism)


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More Resources from Dora Wong

Dear Anne,
I wanted to share these, please excuse the duplication if it is old news.
These 3 videos (from the Minds of Our Own series) (link below) can be
viewed on demand after a free registration. Imagine MIT graduates and
Harvard graduates not knowning how to wire a light bulb to a battery or
explain where wood comes from. Sheds light on how people learn and ways to
teach better:
Resource: Minds Of Our Own
Here are many videos and resources for teaching and learning, including
inquiry based learning and STEM focus:
Teacher Resources by Annenberg Media
H-S Center for Astrophysics--Digital Video Library
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Global Warming Interactive

This is the online interactive demo version that I talked about in class today. 

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Virtual/Digital Bones

eSkeletons (

• Site:

• Becoming Human Site. Institute of Human Origins,
Arizona State University.

• Human Origins Program Site. Smithsonian Institution.

• Online Human Evolution 3-D Gallery. University of
California at Santa Barbara.

• Prehistoric Life Site. BBC.

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More Environmentalisms

I thought you might be interested in this Working Assets
e-activism campaign. If you go to the URL below you can check
out what is at stake and send your own message directly to the
relevant decision makers. Take action on this action alert from
Working Assets at
Best regards,
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History of Philadelphia site

The Philadelpia Stories: the Building of a Great City is a photo exhibit of Philadelphia's history will be on display from 8/4 to 8/31 at the Art Institute of Philadelphia's gallery at 1622 Chestnut St.-IT'S FREE!

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Transparent Beach Balls Link to purchase transparent Blue, green, grey, etc. Beach Balls (12")
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Environmental Resources

Here are some more environmental resources:
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Environmental Resources

Here are some more environmental resources:
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Resources From Mary Ellen

Ten-Minute Field Trips

Rachel Carson: Biology/Ecology Photographer and Writer

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More resources

Hi Anne, Here's the link to "Bottle Ecology".


And another link to a site called the "Leaf Pack Network" which supplies educators with resources for studying stream ecosystems:


And the Stroud Water Research Center, which is the umbrella organization for the Leaf Pack Network and has many local water related links/materials/supplies: