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ERIC Number: EJ870318
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-1533-015X
Community Ecology and Capacity: Keys to Progressing the Environmental Communication of Wicked Problems
Caron, Rosemary M.; Serrell, Nancy
Applied Environmental Education and Communication, v8 n3-4 p195-203 2009
Wicked problems are multifactorial in nature and possess no clear resolution due to numerous community stakeholder involvement. We demonstrate childhood lead poisoning as a wicked problem and illustrate how understanding a community's ecology can build community capacity to affect local environmental management by (1) forming an academic-community partnership and (2) developing a place-specific strategy grounded in the cultural-experiential model of risk. We propose that practitioners need to consider a community's ecology and social context of risk as it pertains to wicked problems. These factors will determine how a diverse community interprets and responds to environmental communication and capacity-building efforts. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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