Place as creative partner: placemaking with a university arboretum

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Conventional educational research often sidelines the role of physical environments, viewing them merely as settings. This study challenges this notion by exploring the symbiotic relationship between a university theater group and an arboretum. Through empirical ethnographic analysis, we investigate creativity and placemaking, emphasizing collaborative dynamics between human and non-human elements. Our findings reveal how imaginative engagement and literacy practices forge new connections with the environment, enriching sensemaking. This highlights the potential of integrating literary practices with environmental interaction. By reconceptualizing place as both a creative partner and a learning facilitator, we advance placemaking theories and refine methodologies for research in place-based and more-than-human learning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)233-260
Number of pages28
JournalMind, Culture, and Activity
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Anthropology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience

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