Cultivating Sustainability in Language and Literature Pedagogy
Steps to an Educational Ecology
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This book introduces the notion of ‘educational ecology’ as a necessary and promising pedagogic principle for the teaching of Anglophone literatures and cultures in a time of climate change. Drawing on scholarship in the environmental humanities and practice-oriented research in education and literature pedagogy, chapters address the challenges of climate change and the demand for sustainability and environmental pedagogy from the specific perspective of literary and cultural studies and education, arguing that these perspectives constitute a crucial element of the transdisciplinary effort of ‘cultivating sustainability.’
The notion of an ‘educational ecology’ takes full advantage of the necessarily dialogic and co-constitutive nature of sustainability-related pedagogical philosophy and practice while it retains the subject-specific focus of research and education in the humanities, centring on and excelling in critical thinking, perspective diversity, language and discourse awareness, and the literary and cultural constructions of meaning.
This book will be of great interest to academics, researchers and post-graduate students in the fields of language, literature and culture pedagogy, as well as transdisciplinary researchers in the environmental humanities.
Table of Contents
1. Towards an Educational Ecology 2. Climate-Change as Quality Education 3. Learned Will, Literature, and the Environmental Turn 4. Cultivating Viewpoint Diversity in Ecocritical Pedagogy 5. What’s in a Language? Environmental Concepts and Metaphors in Foreign Language Education 6. Teaching Sustainable Texts: The Value of Cultural Ecology 7. Teaching Literary Atmospheres: A Theoretical Ground for a Hazy Matter 8. The Blue Humanities, Maritime Literature and Educational Ecology in the Age of Climate Change 9. Outlook: Education and the Digital Environmental Humanities
Roman Bartosch is Associate Professor of Teaching Anglophone Literatures and Cultures at the University of Cologne, Germany, and Co-Director of the Interdisciplinary Research Centre for Education in the Humanities (Cologne).