The Poetry Garden: Ecoliteracy in an Urban School

Veronica Gaylie

Abstract


What is the role of poetry in developing ecoliteracy in urban schooling? While current educational and political discourse calls for ‘sustainable’ management of the earth’s resources, leading environmentalist educators state that a shift in practice must be
preceded by a shift in perspective that includes first-hand awareness of local environments. This interdisciplinary, narrative inquiry took place over a two year period to examine how students at a low ranked, inner city elementary school write poetry about
their environment as a form of ecoliterate knowledge.

Keywords


poetry; ecoliteracy; urban school; narrative inquiry

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