"City by Design", Educator's Resource Packet, Grades Kindergarten-Six. Washington, D.C.: National Building Museum, 2002. A booklet with activities, references, drawings and website related information. http://www.nbm.org.
"Brooklyn Center for the Urban Environment: School Programs 2005 Pre-K-8th Grade". Reported to be one of the most developed programs in the United States, it offers student direct services in early childhood, urban design and urban ecology; parental involvement; and professional development. It explores the built and natural environments of the metropolitan area.
Gandini, Lella. "Not Just Anywhere: Making Child Care Centers into "Particular" Places. Reprinted from "Designing Indoor Spaces" (Beginnings, Summer 1984).
Gattegno, Caleb. Know Your Children As They Are. New York: Educational Solutions, 1988. One of the distinguished educationists of the twentieth century, he was known worldwide for his contributions to math education. His psychology works are less known, but are profound. He translated two of Jean Piaget's books into English, but had a profound difference in his view of childhood learning and severed that relationship. This book presents his lifetime understanding of early childhood, boys and girls and adolescents.
Gattegno, Caleb. The Science of Education: Theoretical Considerations. New York: Educational Solutions, 1987. This is the first of two parts (the other being "Practical Considerations" in which he takes up mathematics, foreign languages and literacy), of a treatise on which he had been working for the better part of three decades. Particular attention for this paper is given to the chapter on "Affectivity and Learning".
Gattegno, Caleb. What We Owe Children: The Subordination of Teaching To Learning. New York: Outerbridge & Dienstfrey, 1970. This was written for the general public and was his second most popular book, after Towards A Visual Culture: Educating Through Television. New York: Outerbridge & Dienstfrey, 1969. Unfortunately this book is now out of print, but it is available in many libraries. I strongly encourage the reader to read the chapter, "The Teaching of Social Science" and the book.
Gerhardt, Lydia A. Moving and Knowing: the young child orients himself in space. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1973. She gives an extensive and detailed description of examples from teaching and informal play. She has a dancer's background with a lot of references to psychology.
Hayden, Dolores. The Power of Place: Urban Landscapes as Public History. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1997. She relates the sense of place to urban history with examples of projects she conducted in social history education. She gives examples of mapping the context of a setting from the perspectives of its inhabitants.
Sarason, Seymour B. And What Do YOU Mean by Learning? Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 2004. He takes up the "context of productive learning" and its relation to home and school, critical thinking, and the relation between school administration and classroom learning. Distinguished for the Yale Psycho-educational Clinic (of the 1960s), and his book on "The Culture of School and the Problem of Change", he is able to bring together many aspects of schooling in the decade that are topical today. Highly recommended.
Sobel, David. Place-Based Education. Great Barrington, MA: The Orion Society, 2005. The most recent of his expositions he gives an overview of projects and developments under this title in recent years with practical suggestions for system wide introduction.
Sobel, David. Mapmaking With Children: Sense of Place Education for the Elementary Years. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 1998. He gives a systematic treatment with examples of mapmaking for pretty specific ages of the elementary years.
Sobel, David. Children's Special Places. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1993. This is so interesting. It has a well-detailed "Contents", and it presents living examples with many references to teachers that are easily understood and clear.
Wilbur, Richard. "Regarding Places", in Responses. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1976. The second poet laureate of the United States (he gave the commencement address at my college graduation, and he made a lasting impression on me), he presents with sensitivity, learning and literacy the unity of nature and human in a revealing way.
Woodward, Sarah Day. Early New Haven. New Haven: Price, Lee & Adkins, 1912. This book gives short concise treatments of aspects of early New Haven's history, from the relative perspective of what exists there "now" (in 1912). It is interesting to read and touch for students, as it relates the environmental history in descriptive objective terms with its social history.
Xu. Yan. "Sense of Place and Identity". East St. Louis Action Research Project, Background Research Reports, LA 437/465 Fall 1995. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. They have references to several projects dealing with regional open space, urban open space reclamation, restoration of urban fabric, and neighborhood image development.