Everyday spaces and virtual learning environments – potential and challenge for geography education
Last modified: 2011-02-01
The presentation is based on the project “Liikkeelle!” (On the move!), the basic idea of which is to develop teaching and learning methods for the secondary school level. Special attention is paid to students’ own neighbourhoods and their potential use in teaching. Furthermore, virtual learning environment is developed in order to combine students’ experiential data with other sources of information in the studies which they do during the project. Eight piloting schools in different parts of Finland started the project in 2008, and in total nearly 40 schools have participated in the project so far.
There have been three themes through which everyday environments have been looked at. The first theme pays attention to empirical fieldwork methods in environmental studies; for example, air quality and noise in the proximity of schools are measured and analysed. The second theme concentrates on students’ experiences and the personal meanings they attach to their everyday spaces. The aim of the third theme is to enhance students’ participation in the planning processes of their own neighbourhoods. In this presentation, I will concentrate on the outcomes of the second theme, especially on the applications of time-space paths and place-based poems.