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Regenerative Hope: Pedagogy of Action and Agency in the Learning Gardens
Journal of Sustainability Education (2015)
  • Dilafruz R. Williams, Portland State University
Moving beyond the despair resulting from what appears to be a tipping point of life systems due to climate change, this narrative presents a possibility for regenerative hope. The article begins by discussing an emergent typology of hope that includes hokey hope, resolute hope, mythical hope, patient hope, hope deferred, sound hope, authentic hope, critical hope, and transformative hope. Drawing upon this typology, a model for regenerative hope is developed with the following features: care and conviviality, experience and engagement, imagination and joy, risk-taking and belief in possibilities, and critical sensibilities and transformation. Series of photos and voices of youth from a low-income middle school actively engaged in the learning gardens are presented as practical examples of pedagogy of action and agency manifested as regenerative hope.
  • Learning garden programs,
  • Place-based learning
Publication Date
December 1, 2015
Citation Information
Dilafruz R. Williams. "Regenerative Hope: Pedagogy of Action and Agency in the Learning Gardens" Journal of Sustainability Education Vol. 10 (2015) p. 1 - 19
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