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Ignorance in environmental education research

Gough, Noel 2002, Ignorance in environmental education research, Australian journal of environmental education, vol. 18, pp. 19-26.

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Title Ignorance in environmental education research
Author(s) Gough, Noel
Journal name Australian journal of environmental education
Volume number 18
Start page 19
End page 26
Publisher Australian Association for Environmental Education
Place of publication St. Lucia, Qld.
Publication date 2002
ISSN 0814-0626
Summary In this essay, the author suggests that the practice of environmental education research might be improved by efforts to identify what Jon Wagner calls the 'blank spots' and 'blind spots' that configure the collective ignorance of environmental education researchers. In Wagner's terms, what we know enough to question but not answer are our blank spots; what we do not know well enough even to ask about or care about are our blind spots - areas in which existing theories, methods, and perceptions actually keep us from seeing phenomena as clearly as we might. By way of example, the author argues that much research on significant life experiences does little to reduce ignorance in environmental education. He concludes by briefly appraising some strategies that might help environmental education researchers to recognise ways in which the field's dominant research traditions and models produce partialities and distortions.
Language eng
Field of Research 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Social and Cultural Studies in Education
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