This guide provides suggested resources on nature-based, place-conscious, outdoor learning, ecological, and environmental education as well as relevant research methods.
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Generally, it’s best to start broad with sources that provide a summary or overview of the topic. This helps you situate your topic in the broader scholarly conversation. Encyclopedia articles summarize the issues, perspectives and history related to a topic, giving you the “big picture.” Handbooks provide "how to" information about research methods and professional topics.
Research not published through traditional academic means is often called "grey literature" and can be more current and more applied than scholarly sources. For more on finding and using grey literature, see Grey Literature: What it is & how to find it.
Find encyclopedia articles in the Library Catalogue, filtering by resource type Reference Entries.
- "Relating with Land/Engaging with Elders: Accessing Indigenous Knowledges in Early Childhood Education through Outdoor Encounters" in The SAGE Handbook of Outdoor Play and Learning
- "Place-based teaching and learning" in Encyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning
- "Place-conscious education" in Encyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning
- "Place-Based Education" in Green Education : An A-to-Z Guide
- "Place-Based Education" in Encyclopedia of the Social and Cultural Foundations of Education
- "Ecojustice and Social Justice" in Encyclopedia of the Social and Cultural Foundations of Education
- "EcoJustice Education" in Gender: Nature
For more suggested encyclopedias, see Background information: Education resources.
Use Sage Research Methods to find books & chapters that explain what's involved in the method(s) you're interested in.
- Systematic self-observation by Noelie Rodriguez & Alan Ryave
- Participant observation edited by Danny L. Jorgensen
- "Autoethnography" in The SAGE Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods
- "Memory-Work" in Researching Social Change
- Handbook of the Arts in Qualitative Research: Perspectives, Methodologies, Examples, and Issues edited by J. Gary Knowles & Ardra L. Cole
- "Coding" in Key Concepts in Ethnography
- Discourse Analysis by Nelson Phillips & Cynthia Hardy
- "Seeking an Understanding of School Culture: Using Theory as a Framework for Observation and Analysis" in Theoretical Frameworks in Qualitative Research
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For more, search the Library Catalogue and limit by Resource Type: Books. Try searching keywords like:
- outdoor education
- place-conscious | place-based
- adventure education
- forest school
- ecological education
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