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ERIC Number: EJ1057687
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 81
ISSN: ISSN-1350-4622
The Problems with a "Fact"-Focused Approach in Environmental Communication: The Case of Environmental Risk Information about Tidal Flat Developments in Japan
Yamashita, Hiromi
Environmental Education Research, v21 n4 p586-611 2015
One of the main approaches used in communicating environmental issues to citizens is conveying "factual" information about a particular environment. However, despite previous research and recommendations made by critical environmental educators, there still seems to be a belief that the more "factual" information one can convey, the more citizens will become aware of the issue, and this will prompt them to change their behaviours. In this article, I will argue that continuing with a "fact"-focused practice in Japan and elsewhere could be problematic for three key reasons: (1) it ignores diversity in the "facts" provided to people; (2) it reinforces the "hierarchy of knowledge"; and (3) it ignores the "myth of nature" among information receivers and senders. Key recommendations for incorporating a critical environmental education approach include utilising locally available environmental information on contentious environmental issues; investigating particular terminology used and missing information (including tacit knowledge); and encouraging critical learning about statistics and pictorial representations.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Japan