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ERIC Number: EJ866064
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1350-4622
Environmental Education Research: To What Ends?
Jickling, Bob
Environmental Education Research, v15 n2 p209-216 Apr 2009
This paper engages questions about ends in environmental education research. In doing so, I argue that such questions are essentially normative, and that normative questions are underrepresented in this field. After cautioning about perils of prescribing research agendas, I gently suggest that in environmental education key normative questions exist at the intersection of "education" and "ethics", and that they point to an area of research that deserves more attention. In describing the intersecting nature of these ideas, I show that how education is conceived in turn shapes interpretations of ethics, and vice versa. Seen this way, I also show how ethics inquiry in an educational context can be conceived as a means to explore controversy, dissonance, unconventional ideas, and to imagine new possibilities. Finally, I argue that research at this intersection of education and ethics can provide insights that can enable us to teach, inquire, and ultimately live as if the world mattered. (Contains 1 note and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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