Understanding Our Urban Environment Better: Using Archival Research and Digital Photography in the Classroom

  • Julian C. Chambliss
  • Mike GunterJr.
Part of the World Sustainability Series book series (WSUSE)


This pedagogical project focuses on urban environmental issues, encouraging students to explore historical events that inform contemporary environmental challenges through archival research, digital photography, and critical analysis. By examining social, economic, political, and cultural dimensions, students better understand the complex interdisciplinary nature of environmental issues and gain valuable field experience that bolsters engagement and facilitates action. Building on intellectual and reform traditions that recognize a link between narrative and action, this experiential education project encourages students to explore, define, and understand historic and contemporary environmental challenges in an urban context.


Urban environment Experiential education American environmental history Digital pedagogy Superfund Environmental justice Sample assignment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of HistoryRollins CollegeWinter ParkUSA
  2. 2.Department of Political ScienceRollins CollegeWinter ParkUSA

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