I’m currently writing a literature review for two Univeristy of Regina Education instructors, Dr. Carol Fulton and Dr. Marilyn Miller . The review focuses on how schools build communities. Within the literature, three overarching themes are emerging. Though I’ll let the researchers share all the findings at a later date, I’m keenly interested in one finding, the idea that community development must directly focus on a sense of place. Having a sense of place honours a community’s narratives and shows how those stories affect today’s landscape.
Starting with a sense a place is much like starting with belonging which I believe is the foundation for all growth. I want my students to have a global sense of place, yet at the same time, I want my students to have their own local and their own embodied sense of place. How much of a sense of place is defined at a community level? How much of a student’s sense of place is defined by others, and much is defined by the school?