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Participatory research in EE: some issues of epistemology and methodology

Robottom, Ian 2006, Participatory research in EE: some issues of epistemology and methodology, Pesquisa em educacao ambiental, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 11-15.

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Title Participatory research in EE: some issues of epistemology and methodology
Author(s) Robottom, Ian
Journal name Pesquisa em educacao ambiental
Volume number 1
Issue number 1
Start page 11
End page 15
Publisher USP
Place of publication Sao Paulo, Brazil
Publication date 2006
ISSN 1980-1165
Keyword(s) environmental education
research
epistemology
Summary The conference theme of epistemology and methodology suggests an interest in epistemological issues in environmental education research. I have argued previously that for too long there seemed to be a blindness in environmental education research: that there was an unwarranted assumption that all research in environmental education was and should be conducted within an applied science conceptual framework that did not recognise nor problematise the epistemological assumptions of research. In this paper I intend to address the issue of epistemological coherence between the substantive subject matters of environmental education on the one hand and research, methodology on the other. The paper will draw upon two recent international environmental education projects to explore issues concerning the nature, status and role of research in environmental education. A number of features of community-based environment development projects in two different settings will be described, illustrating the complexity and contextuality of environmental issues as subject matters for environmental education. The implications for research that seeks to acknowledge and respect relationships within community contexts will be considered in relation to the following questions: Whose research agenda? The importance of project partnerships Participants' preconceptions about the nature of research. What is 'rigor' in participatory research in environmental education'?
Language eng
Field of Research 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, USP
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