Life After the Fact(ory): Pedagogy of Care at an Animal Sanctuary

  • Christopher BentleyEmail author
  • Steve Alsop
Part of the Environmental Discourses in Science Education book series (EDSE, volume 2)


This chapter explores pedagogical possibilities of a farmed animal sanctuary in rural Ontario, Canada. We conceive this sanctuary as a place where “species meet” (Haraway DJ, When species meet (Posthumanities). University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, 2007) and renew their relationships and understandings with one another. It is a place where we like to think new, multispecies relationships can take shape and evolve as individuals learn together. The sanctuary also provides educators opportunities to think about and perform science education in different, non-traditional ways - as forms of multispecies education and caregiving. We observe evolving relationships with individual farmed animals in the stories and storytellings that make up the sanctuary’s pedagogy. Along the way, we remain open and sensitive to new understandings of animals, our sciences, and our educations. With this stance, we concur with many environmental educators who advocate the central importance of education shaping and nurturing relationships with non-humans, within our shared organic world.


Animal studies Science education Multispecies Storytelling Pedagogy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of EducationYork UniversityTorontoCanada

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