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Ends Not Means: The Axiology* of Place-Based Education

“Ends Not Means,” my presentation at the 2021 Geological Society of America session on “Best Practices in Place-Based Education.” describes how Oregon students combined art, science, and community engagement in their study of Oregon’s geologic past. Click on the shovel-tusked pachyderm to access the presentation. The image is from the film, The John Day Fossil Beds: Impressions from the Past, part of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument Horse Fossil Study Kit.

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