ERIC Number: EJ924302
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 9
Global Environmental Crisis: Is There a Connection with Place-Based, Ecosociocultural Education in Rural Spain?
Glasson, George E.
Cultural Studies of Science Education, v6 n2 p327-335 Jun 2011
Environmental educators are challenged by how to teach children about global environmental crisis such as the Gulf oil spill, which only serves to engender children's fears and apprehensions about the negative impact of humans on ecosystems. Eduardo Dopico and Eva Garcia-Vazquez's article presents an interesting context from which to analyze and reflect on the connections between local and global environmental education issues. The authors' study involves student researchers in actively learning about place-based, sustainable agricultural practices in rural Spain that are passed down through generations. These ecofriendly, culturally mediated farming practices, referred to as "traditional" by the farmers, were contrasted to "modern" practices that are used throughout market-based globalized economy. The connection between local (traditional) and global (modern) practices became very important in the reflections and learning of the student participants about sustainability and ecojustice issues associated with traditional farming. Students learned from the local farmers a positive, non-dualistic approach to sustainable agriculture in which human activity and culture is connected to ecological sustainability. Further, the students' active research of sustainable and culturally medicated agricultural practices at the local level provided a frame of reference to understand global environmental crises.
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Foreign Countries, Agriculture, Sustainable Development, Teaching Methods, Rural Areas, Researchers, Active Learning, Global Approach, Place Based Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: Spain