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ERIC Number: ED361199
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 272
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Project Wild and the Dominant Western Paradigm: A Content Analysis Utilizing Deep Ecology.
Ingraham, Blake
Environmental educators utilize activity guides as a primary method of diffusing environmental education material into educational settings. The most popular environmental education activity guide in use today is Project WILD. Project WILD has come under fire by various groups, especially animal rights groups. Accordingly, a content analysis study was undertaken to determine if the guide exhibits a predominantly anthropocentric versus biocentric bias. Anthropocentric perspective, linked to the "Dominant Western Paradigm," sees humans as separate and superior with respect to non-human nature. It provides other species value only as a "resource" to other humans, exhibits a strong confidence in science and technology, and has been implicated as a source of environmentally destructive attitudes. A biocentric perspective, linked to the "New Environmental Paradigm," places humans within the context of nature, extends "intrinsic value" to other species, and has been suggested as supporting more ecologically sustainable attitudes. The results of this study indicated that Dominant Western Paradigm and anthropocentric biases exist in Project WILD. Based on these analyses, recommendations have been made for altering the content of Project WILD. Contains 140 references. (Author)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
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Language: English
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