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ERIC Number: EJ1077252
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Apr
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1541-3446
Deepening Ecological Relationality through Critical Onto-Epistemological Inquiry: Where Transformative Learning Meets Sustainable Science
Williams, Lewis
Journal of Transformative Education, v11 n2 p95-113 Apr 2013
Indigenous worldviews remain at the margins of education, science, and sustainability efforts. The emergence of sustainable science holds promise as a means of advancing deep sustainability and recentering Indigenous knowledge. Transformative learning's engagement with sustainable science has the potential to play an integral role in this paradigmatic shift which necessitates a broader legitimation of our ecology as a deeply interconnected living system. An important part of this project is learner-centred critical onto-epistemological inquiry--the critical study of one's own reality and implications for ecological relationship. Drawing on Intuitive Inquiry and Kaupapa Maori research, this article illuminates the partial decolonization of my own Life-World and arrival at a deepened sense of ecological relationship. Initially focusing on "the dreaming," it integrates my visceral experiences of the land and Indigenous constructions of reality through interviews with Ngai Te Rangi and Plains Cree elders. The implications for transformative learning and sustainability are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada; New Zealand
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