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ERIC Number: EJ1073287
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Sep
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0973-4082
Over the Fence: Learning about Education for Sustainability with New Tools and Conversation
McClam, Sherie; Diefenbacher, Lori
Journal of Education for Sustainable Development, v9 n2 p126-136 Sep 2015
The metaphor of talking "over the fence" underscores the neutrality of tools. Shovels and hoes do the job, but the gardener creates the transformation of earth to food. Each garden requires a unique approach. Such are the tools of education for sustainable development (ESD). Pre-packaged textbooks and toolkits provide definitions and activities, but sometimes leave educators feeling unsure of the subject. Framed in Lave and Wenger's communities of practice and Vygotsky's socio-cultural theories, this self-study seeks to explain how participation in a community of practice has greater transformational capacity for ESD than pre-formulated, off-the-shelf curriculum and instructional materials. When we collaborated to create generative tools for ESD, we engaged in a process of socially constructing knowledge and becoming members of a community. By engaging others in this process, we cultivated the kind of transformation that had been missing from many of our experiences with other ESD materials and conferences.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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