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ERIC Number: EJ814228
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-1559-5692
Ecological Education in Rural China: Rediscovering Traditional Knowledge
Liu, Yan
Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education, v2 n4 p259-275 Oct 2008
This article has implications for the ecological sustainability crisis now looming in China and what this portends for the practice of education. Chemical agriculture, although improving agricultural production, harms ecological systems in rural communities. The author presents research on a group of intellectuals and social activists in 1 nongovernmental organization, who designed and implemented an ecological education program in the hope of changing harmful agricultural practices. In the process, inspiration from and connection with the Indigenous farming tradition of China was gradually found. The traditional farming technologies are informed by relations with the land, plants, and animals; and are not purely technical. They reflect a traditional Chinese worldview distinct from the modern worldview. This nongovernment organization also works on experimental cooperative ecological house building and non-market strategies for the sale of organic products as a way of empowering peasants. (Contains 3 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China