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ERIC Number: EJ1253696
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2020-Jun
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2255-7547
Sustainable Use of Ecological Concepts in Educational Science
Svenkerud, Sigrun Wessel; Madsen, Janne; Ballangrud, Brit Bolken; Strande, Anne-Lise; Stenshorne, Elisabeth
Discourse and Communication for Sustainable Education, v11 n1 p153-162 Jun 2020
In this article, the authors discuss the use of ecological concepts (ecology, boundary, niche) in educational research to understand if and how these concepts from one field of science (ecology) can bring a new understanding to another field of science (education). We have conducted a systematic search in the ERIC database to identify articles where key concepts from ecology, such as ecosystem, boundaries and niche, are used in educational research. An algorithm inspired by Rodger's (2000) contextual model of concept analysis was used to examine how the concepts contribute to explore, explain or understand an educational system or an educational process. We find that the use of ecology-oriented concepts is related to a circular rather than a linear causality between actors and environment and between thoughts and actions. Thus, an ecological educational approach is characterised by wholeness, and emphasizes context as well as the complex interconnected mechanisms in educational processes.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Information Analyses; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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