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ERIC Number: ED557815
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 281
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-3037-6846-0
Early Environmental Adult Education: An Oral History of Citizen Researchers' Learning in the Appalachian Land Ownership Study, 1979-1981
Sodano, Keara
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Florida Atlantic University
The Appalachian Land Ownership Study was a participatory action research project in one of our nation's poorest regions suffering from absenteeism, poverty, powerlessness, and improper taxation. In discovering who owned the region's land, the participants sought to organize against the social, economic and environmental injustices imposed on the Appalachian land and people. Most sociological and historical accounts of the Land Study focus on the process of participatory action research and the work of the project's Task Force. However, over 50 citizen researchers also participated in the study. These citizen researchers encountered rich learning experiences as they struggled against scientific, corporate, and governmental power. The purpose of this oral history study was to discover the learning and experiences of citizen researchers involved with the Appalachian Land Ownership Study of 1979-1981. Significant themes emerged which contribute to understanding the complex personal, cultural, and social framework for environmental adult education. First, the Appalachian backdrop was a "critical context for informal and experiential learning" from the land and its people. Second, the Appalachian Ownership Task Force leaders were "critical environmental adult educators who facilitated the learning of citizen researchers through dialogue." Third, agency was fostered as "citizen researchers were moved to act" in defense of a threatened lifeworld, and thus also became critical environmental adult educators. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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