ERIC Number: ED412046
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
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A Politicized Ethic of Care: Environmental Education from an Ecofeminist Perspective.
Russell, Constance L.; Bell, Anne C.
Ecofeminism is a theory and a movement that makes explicit the links between the oppression of women and the oppression of nature in patriarchal cultures. This means coming to terms with a number of cherished and widespread beliefs, most notably the anthropocentric assumption that humans are different from, and superior to, the rest of nature, and therefore ought to dominate it. The privileging of rationalism within environmental discourse is evidence of a patriarchal bias that relies on the historical dualization of reason and emotion (paralleling the dualization of masculine and feminine and of culture and nature). In advocating a pedagogy from an ecofeminist perspective rooted in a politicized ethic of care, this essay has a dual purpose: helping students identify and participate in issues that are locally important and personally meaningful while ensuring that they make connections between these issues and the "big picture." The point is illustrated by a discussion of the differences between teaching about, in, for, and with the environment. The initial step of helping students build healthy relationships with their local communities, human and nonhuman, should be followed by relating their lived experiences to larger, even global, issues. If environmental education is to be truly transformative, students must have both the desire and the ability to become actively involved. An ecofeminist pedagogy that has the goal of developing in students a politicized ethic of care is a sound beginning. Contains 25 references. (TD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
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