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From ecological science to environmental education : a professional turning point?

Barraza, Laura and Robottom, Ian 2005, From ecological science to environmental education : a professional turning point?, Themes in education, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 131-142.

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Title From ecological science to environmental education : a professional turning point?
Author(s) Barraza, Laura
Robottom, Ian
Journal name Themes in education
Volume number 6
Issue number 2
Start page 131
End page 142
Publisher Leader Books
Place of publication Athens, Greece
Publication date 2005
ISSN 1108-5908
Summary This article explores the significance of a shift in young people’s professional career from ecological science to environmental education. The article reflects on the role of higher education in addressing social and political issues in environment and sustainability, and then provides an account of a course on environmental education research methodology at the Universidad Nacional Autfinoma de México. The course included participants with an academic and professional background in ecological science who were seeking a change in profession to that of environmental education. It became clear that a shift in profession entails the exploration of an alternative professional philosophy. We draw on some of the participants’ written biographical testimonies to identify some themes around ‘professional turning points’ and conclude that at least for some participants, there is a tension between science education that encourages ‘an aspiration to be objective’ and environmental education that encourages an ‘aspiration to respect the subjective’.
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Language eng
Field of Research 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2005, Ellinika Grammata
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