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ERIC Number: EJ866084
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-1350-4622
Unsettling Orthodoxies: Education for the Environment/for Sustainability
Ferreira, Jo-Anne
Environmental Education Research, v15 n5 p607-620 Oct 2009
In this paper I employ Foucault's notion of governmentality to reflect on a debate that occurred in the pages of this journal some 10 years ago. I argue that their exchanges indicate ways in which various positions are engaged in a struggle for dominance in this field, and how particular strategies are used to legitimate and maintain these positions. My purpose is not to propose a new orthodoxy--or even to critique those we have--but rather to raise questions about how the unquestioned "that-which-is" of orthodoxies comes to be, and their effects. I also suggest that as environmental educators and researchers, we need to work harder to unsettle more often the taken-for-granted in environmental education so that we remain alert to our own easy acceptance of orthodoxies. Without this, we risk our exhortations to those we seek to educate--to think critically, to question assumptions, and so forth--becoming empty rhetoric if we are not practising these ourselves--examining our own, as well as others', assumptions and practices. (Contains 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia