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ERIC Number: EJ1124074
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1038-2046
Evaluation of an Action-Research Project by University Environmental Volunteers
Raimondo, Ana Maria; Monti, Alejandro J. A.; Perales-Palacios, F. Javier; Gutiérrez-Pérez, José
International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, v26 n1 p54-70 2017
The university volunteer programs in Argentina encourage entrepreneurship culture through the development of innovative socio-environmental projects that promote a joint effort between the different administrations of the State, the universities and regional social organizations. One, called "environment and social inclusion" has been undertaken since 2011 in Stella Maris, a coastal suburb of the city of Comodoro Rivadavia--Chubut. The program includes a training phase for the university volunteers, an action plan addressed to the social agents and an evaluation of the results. This project has contributed to the reduction of vulnerabilities from the proposed action research planned by volunteer university students, teachers and social agents. Neighborhood institutional leaders who actively participated also contributed. Through a participatory diagnosis, the different actors in the community became aware of the environmental problems of their area and established strategic priorities for action in the short, medium and long term. The diagnosis itself was a learning process clarifying attitudes and environmental awareness that predisposed the participants to collective action. In our opinion, the next step would be to increase the social-political pressure on the local authorities to change the problem tackled into one of its priority actions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Argentina
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