ERIC Number: ED307164
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
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Becoming Ecopolitical: Some Mythic Links in Curriculum Renewal.
This paper explores some possible productive links between ecology and education, with particular reference to the ethical position described by the term "deep ecology" and to empirical research in perceptual psychology that has led to the formation of ecological theories of perception. It is suggested that these ecological understandings support an enduring philosophy of education that is usually traced back to Aristotle and that has flowered most recently in the essays of the late Joseph Schwab and those of his intellectual heirs who practice what has become known as deliberative curriculum theorizing. From this analysis it is argued that designing a curriculum in which the learner is characterized as becoming ecopolitical is an intellectually and morally defensible ideal. In the course of developing the analyses and arguments outlined above, some criticisms of the rhetoric of postmodern and new paradigm thinking are offered. Particular reference is made to temporal perspectives which suggest that it may sometimes be more appropriate to represent paradigms as myths and to speak of renewed rather than new paradigms. (Author/MVL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, March 27-31, 1989).