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ERIC Number: EJ1028156
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0309-8265
Gaia: "Thinking Like a Planet" as Transformative Learning
Haigh, Martin
Journal of Geography in Higher Education, v38 n1 p49-68 2014
Transformative learning may involve gentle perspective widening or something more traumatic. This paper explores the impact of a transformative pedagogy in a course that challenges learners to "think like a planet". Among six sources of intellectual anxiety, learners worry about: why Gaia Theory is neglected by their other courses; the removal of humans from "crown of creation" status; Gaia's unfamiliar multibillion-year timescales, comprehending the world system as a whole; the array of weaker and stronger Gaia concepts; and the diversity of viewpoints among classmates. Analysis finds that most learners coped with this exercise although some achieved this by compartmentalization.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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