ERIC Number: EJ1077363
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
Transformative Sustainability: Learning from Ecological Systems and Indigenous Wisdom
Burns, Heather L.
Journal of Transformative Education, v13 n3 p259-276 Jul 2015
Sustainability is becoming increasingly relevant in higher education, as the need to address complex cultural and ecological problems intensifies. How sustainability is taught has a profound influence on the kind of learning that takes place and the impact it has in the world. Sustainability pedagogy is offered as a tool for creating transformational sustainability learning that is thematic and cocreated, critically questions dominant norms and incorporates diverse perspectives, is active, participatory and relational, and is grounded in a specific place. This pedagogical design draws on the wisdom of ecological systems, recognizing that ecological systems are our best teachers for creating sustainable and regenerative systems. This article connects this pedagogical model with Okanagan indigenous teachings about the whole self, to explore how the whole self can be intentionally included in an ecological design process to promote transformational learning.
Descriptors: Transformative Learning, Sustainability, Ecology, Indigenous Knowledge, Higher Education, Models, Instruction
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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