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ERIC Number: EJ842773
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-1205-5352
Everybody's into Environmental Ed, Right? A Foucauldian Perspective
Kolenick, Paul
Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, v13 n1 p122-133 2008
Michel Foucault's concept of power/knowledge is applied to an exploration of how managerial discourse affects the practice of public environmental education at a publicly owned electric utility. Emerging from interviews with people at SaskPower is a managerial discourse with a particularly instrumental approach to environmental education. The aim of those at the Corporation entrusted with the task of educating people about the environment and the energy industry is directed toward achieving what is described as an "educated" perspective--that is, a consensus among people on several questions about energy options for the future. Through Foucault's essay, "What is Enlightenment?", an alternative perspective on public environmental education is considered that is more collaborative, inclusive, and critically reflective.
Lakehead University and Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication. Lakehead University Faculty of Education, 955 Oliver Road, Thunder Bay, ON P7B 5E1, Canada. Fax: 807-346-7771; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada