ERIC Number: EJ1131335
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
WWOOF Ecopedagogy: Linking "Doing" to "Learning"
Australian Journal of Environmental Education, v33 n1 p1-17 Mar 2017
WWOOF (Willing Workers On Organic Farms) is an increasingly popular form of ecotourism in Australia. An ethnographic study of 10 young adult international tourists was conducted at five rural Victorian WWOOF sites. The objective was to examine the participants' nature experience. As part of the ethnographic study, this article selectively reports on the ecopedagogy at the WWOOF sites, focusing on the potential linking of spatio-sensory "doing" in the environment and conceptual "learning" about (including from, for, and with) the environment. The WWOOF environment is designed physically, materially, and naturally. These dimensions can be interpreted in overlapping spatial levels. Each spatial level partially correlates with the dominant bodily senses. By analysing the participants' reflexive accounts of their WWOOF nature experience, this article suggests that their spatio-sensory "doing" contributed to their environmental "learning", which is categorised into three heuristic types. These are called symbolic, transpositional, and transformative. This study empirically and conceptually adds to the literature on experiential environmental learning with a possible ecopedagogical model of incorporating spatialised bodily senses in curriculum design.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Ethnography, Tourism, Environmental Education, Curriculum Design, Agronomy, Agricultural Occupations, Young Adults, Heuristics, Experiential Learning
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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