Visual geographies and mountain psychogeographic drift. The geography workshops of the Childhood and Primary Teachers Education course of the University of Turin

Cristiano Giorda, Giacomo Pettenati


The aim of this paper is to present and discuss the theoretical background, the methodological tools and themain findings of the integration of visual methods to psychogeographic drift as a technique of explorationand interpretation of places. The experimentation has been carried out in the last three years during theworkshops organized for students of the Childhood and Primary Teachers Education course of the Universityof Turin. Based on the idea of territorial education as a complex approach to geographic education, theworkshops take place in the mountain village of Prali (Western Alps) and their location is fundamental increating a fruitful learning environment. Visual methodologies are variously used during the workshopsand in the last three editions they became part of the “mountain drift” activities, inspired by the psychogeographic“urban drift”, and used as a learning tool with students.


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