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ERIC Number: EJ1058880
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-2368-4526
Teaching for Epistemological Difference: Decentring Norms in Environmental Studies
Barrett, M. J.
Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, v5 p103-108 2012
Many environmental educators and philosophers have identified anthropocentrism and the socially constructed separation between humans and "the more-than-human world" (Abram, 1996) as primary root causes of current ecological devastation. This separation is embedded in Western schooling content and structures and is often unintentionally reinscribed by educational content and practices. This paper describes three ways I work to disrupt this artificial separation between humans and the non-human "nature" within a graduate level course: 1) attention to discourses; 2) offering counternarratives; and 3) provision of experiences that support ways of knowing and being introduced in course readings and class lectures.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada