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David Sobel is an education writer who has helped in developing the philosophy of place-based education. He has written extensively on the topic in books and numerous articles. He is currently a Core Faculty member and Director of Certificate Programs at Antioch University New England.
Sobel received a B.A. in English from Williams College and a M.Ed. from Antioch New England Graduate School.
Sobel was a co-founder and director of The Harrisville School from 1972 to 1975. He was a curriculum coordinator for Yankee Lands: A Land Use Curriculum Project from 1980 to 1983. He was a core faculty member in the Education and Environmental Studies Departments at Antioch New England Graduate School from 1977 to 1986, chairperson for the Education Department from 1983 to 1997, and has been the director of Teacher Certification Programs from 1997 to the present. Sobel was Project Director for Know Nukes Institute from 1982 to 1987.
- Childhood and Nature: Design Principles for Educators (Stenhouse Publishers, 2008) ISBN 1-57110-741-X
- Place-Based Education: Connecting Classrooms and Communities (Great Barrington, MA: Orion Society, 2004) ISBN 0-913098-54-X
- Mapmaking with Children: Sense-of-Place Education for the Elementary Years (Portsmouth, NH: Heineman, 1998) ISBN 0-325-00042-5
- Children's Special Places: Exploring the Role of Forts, Dens, and Bush Houses in Middle Childhood (Tucson, AZ: Zephyr Press, 1993) ISBN 0-913705-81-0
- Beyond Ecophobia: Reclaiming the Heart in Nature Education (Great Barrington, MA: Orion Society, 1996) ISBN 0-913098-50-7
Articles available online
- David Sobel: Lighting Up Minds to the Wonder of Their World (article at Edutopia.org)
- "Saving Presents: The Re-emergence of Dreamtime and Playtime in Childhood" article in Whole Terrain Vol. 9
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