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Environmental education research in southern Africa: dilemmas of interpretation

Gough, Annette and Gough, Noel 2004, Environmental education research in southern Africa: dilemmas of interpretation, Environmental education research, vol. 10, no. 3, pp. 409-424, doi: 10.1080/1350462042000258224.

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Title Environmental education research in southern Africa: dilemmas of interpretation
Author(s) Gough, Annette
Gough, Noel
Journal name Environmental education research
Volume number 10
Issue number 3
Start page 409
End page 424
Publisher Carfax Publishing
Place of publication Ambingdon, Oxfordshire, Eng.
Publication date 2004-08
ISSN 1350-4622
1469-5871
Summary These multiple framings of our reflections on environmental education research in southern Africa are written as dilemmas of interpretation that aim to disrupt any temptation to generalise or essentialise its qualities and characteristics. Recognising that research is a textual practice, we use J. M. Coetzee's portrayal of the dilemmas faced by African novelists as a point of departure in reflecting on the changing landscape of environmental education research in southern Africa as we have experienced it over six years. We provide readings framed by reference to post-colonialism, changing epistemologies and methodologies, contexts of transformation and tension, the influence of international organisations such as the United Nations and its instrumentalities, and concerns about human rights and accountability. We conclude by affirming the post-colonialist trajectories of environmental education research in southern Africa and speculating on the distinctive possibilities that recovering ubuntu (an ethic of sharing and hospitality) might offer to researchers in this region.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/1350462042000258224
Field of Research 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2004, Taylor & Francis Ltd
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30002858

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