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Thinking/acting locally/globally: western science and environmental education in a global knowledge economy

Gough, Noel 2002, Thinking/acting locally/globally: western science and environmental education in a global knowledge economy, International journal of science education, vol. 24, no. 11, pp. 1217-1237, doi: 10.1080/09500690210136620.

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Title Thinking/acting locally/globally: western science and environmental education in a global knowledge economy
Author(s) Gough, Noel
Journal name International journal of science education
Volume number 24
Issue number 11
Start page 1217
End page 1237
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2002-11
ISSN 0950-0693
1464-5289
Summary This paper critically appraises a number of approaches to 'thinking globally' in environmental education, with particular reference to popular assumptions about the universal applicability of Western science. Although the transnational character of many environmental issues demands that we 'think globally', I argue that the contribution of Western science to understanding and resolving environmental problems might be enhanced by seeing it as one among many local knowledge traditions. The production of a 'global knowledge economy' in/for environmental education can then be understood as creating transnational 'spaces' in which local knowledge traditions can be performed together, rather than as creating a 'common market' in which representations of local knowledge must be translated into (or exchanged for) the terms of a universal discourse.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/09500690210136620
Field of Research 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2002, Taylor & Francis Ltd
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30001768

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Social and Cultural Studies in Education
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