Reflecting on participatory research in environmental education : some issues for methodology

Robottom, Ian and Sauve, Lucie 2003, Reflecting on participatory research in environmental education : some issues for methodology, Canadian journal of environmental education, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 111-128.

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Title Reflecting on participatory research in environmental education : some issues for methodology
Author(s) Robottom, Ian
Sauve, Lucie
Journal name Canadian journal of environmental education
Volume number 8
Issue number 1
Start page 111
End page 128
Publisher Lakehead University, Faculty of Education
Place of publication Thunder Bay, Ontario
Publication date 2003
ISSN 1205-5352
Summary We reflect on methodological issues arising in two of our own research projects as a form of practice, as a way of engaging in a praxis of project research. The projects chosen for this purpose are themselves concerned with teacher education and curriculum development in environmental education: they include participatory “reflective practice” processes in exploring issues relating to formal education in schools and informal education in communities and are grounded in the specific contexts of developing countries.
We discuss issues in participatory research such as:
• Whose research agenda gets to be explored?
• The importance of project partnerships
• Participants’ preconceptions about the nature of research
• What is “rigor” in participatory research in environmental education?
• The Colonialist Dilemma: Avoiding the “package or perish” mentality
• The Bigger Picture: Technocratic Rationality and Participatory Research.
Language eng
Field of Research 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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