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ERIC Number: EJ882953
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-0950-0693
Sustainability Science Education in Africa: Negotiating Indigenous Ways of Living with Nature in the Third Space
Glasson, George E.; Mhango, Ndalapa; Phiri, Absalom; Lanier, Marilyn
International Journal of Science Education, v32 n1 p125-141 Jan 2010
In response to global climate change, loss of biodiversity, and the immense human impact on the carrying capacity of the earth systems, attention has been given to sustainable development worldwide. In this paper, we explore the emerging field of sustainability science within the context of the socio-cultural milieu of Malawi, a sub-Saharan African country. Through interviews in vernacular languages and observations in the field, our research explores how traditional agriculture practices of African elders may contribute to the sustainability of the environment and culture in Africa. Findings indicate that traditional farmers and food preservationists choose to practice indigenous ways of living with nature to live sustainably in a globalized economy. Further discussion elucidates how merging worldviews and hybridized knowledge and languages can be leveraged to create a third space for dialogue and curriculum development by connecting indigenous ways of living with Eurocentric science. (Contains 3 figures, 1 table, and 11 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Africa; Malawi