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ERIC Number: EJ1157768
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1350-4622
Reconfiguring Urban Environmental Education with "Shitgull" and a "Shop"
Rautio, Pauliina; Hohti, Riikka; Leinonen, Riitta-Marja; Tammi, Tuure
Environmental Education Research, v23 n10 p1379-1390 2017
The worry over urban children having lost their connection to nature is most often addressed with either initiatives of reinserting the "child back to nature" or with evidence aiming to prove that the worry is unfounded to begin with. Neither approach furthers our understanding of child-nature relations as continuing transformation of both "child" ("human") and "nature." The objective of this paper is to redirect attention from evaluating "connectedness" of two separate units to mapping "mutual emergence" of children and their surroundings in relation to each other. The question asked is: "Of what kind is environmental education beyond connectedness of 'child' and 'nature'?" The aligned theoretical approach, (critical) posthumanism, will help us to elaborate a premise for environmental education according to which humans and their nonhuman surroundings do not exist as independent of each other. The empirically grounded events discussed in this paper are named "shitgulls" and "shops." These events map mutual emergence of child and nature, evidencing the need for environmental education to understand itself as a relational phenomenon.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Finland
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