liu.seSearch for publications in DiVA
Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • oxford
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
Making an atlas of an urban farm: Community mapping as a pedagogical tool in urban environments
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Outdoor education in the UK has been growing in popularity and with it a further understanding of its benefits. Research shows that many young people still don’t access natural environments and many educators still struggle with how to provide them. This is particularly prevalent in urban environments where spatial inequality has been linked to a decline in health, well-being and personal development. Community mapping involves a community coming together to create a map of their locality and share local knowledge. This can take many forms. Sometimes it might be a traditional cartographic map while other times it may be stories, sculptures or poems. In this research I explore how community mapping can be used as a pedagogical tool, looking particularly at how it can help educators approach outdoor education in an urban environment. I take a teacher action research approach, inspired by previous art-based approaches to educational inquiry. Through doing a community mapping project with two groups of 8 to 10 year olds on an urban farm in central London I share the visable and often invisible components of our pedagogies, including children’s voices and work as well as the voice of myself and another educators, reflecting on the realities of outdoor education in an urban environment. I discover the cross curricular possibilities that such a project brings, the spaces it opens up for us to learn from children’s voices and the many ways in which community mapping can be used to address aims and goals of the UK primary curriculum. Community mapping can help educators overcome a lack of confidence in how to approach outdoor learning. The child-led nature of projects can allow children and educators to work together to co-create their understanding of the locality, noticing the small details they hadn’t seen before. It can provide a space for educators to learn more about how the young people they work with see the world around them while also providing authentic experiences that can be utilized in wider classroom learning. This research allows other educators to take away what resonates with them, with their experiences and pedagogies, and use these new understandings to enhance their own educational practices in their own settings.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 80
Keywords [en]
Outdoor education, urban environment, pedagogy, community mapping, city farm, Mapwork, critical pedagogy of place, creativity, maps, UK, primary education, teacher action research, action research, ABER
National Category
Educational Sciences
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-149810ISRN: LIU-IBL/MOE-A-2018/002—SEOAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-149810DiVA, id: diva2:1235483
Subject / course
Master in Outdoor Environmental Education and Outdoor Life
Supervisors
Examiners
Available from: 2018-08-15 Created: 2018-07-25 Last updated: 2018-08-15Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

fulltext(3699 kB)51 downloads
File information
File name FULLTEXT01.pdfFile size 3699 kBChecksum SHA-512
e65db60e599f41ccfd6cf7a9856447691aa8ef1a501094aac71d3fc468846501b498ff8236a1172de882701cbfdb6a725d9e8447ac7658ae88675067a956c0ff
Type fulltextMimetype application/pdf

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Green, Kirsty
By organisation
Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning
Educational Sciences

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
Total: 51 downloads
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

urn-nbn

Altmetric score

urn-nbn
Total: 321 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • oxford
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf