Vol 26 No 3 (2010): Ecosophical Education

“Why are those Leaves Red?” Making Sense of the Complex Symbols: Ecosemiotics in Education

Creeping Snowberry
Sean Blenkinsop
Simon Fraser University
Published September 10, 2010


Deciphering complex signals of constructed educational systems requires symbolic interpretation; deciphering complex signals that are inherently ignorant of their ecological roots requires a modification of a semiotic approach, which we call ecosemiotics. This paper examines one of many average classrooms through this veil of perception. As part of a larger reevaluation of learning in modern culture, we take apart some of the symbols of the classroom and its contained learning. The paper ends with the positing of several more ecosophically inclined teacher responses.