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Gaining representations of children's and adults' constructions of sustainability issues

Barraza, Laura and Robottom, Ian 2008, Gaining representations of children's and adults' constructions of sustainability issues, International journal of environmental and science education, vol. 3, no. 4, pp. 179-191.

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Title Gaining representations of children's and adults' constructions of sustainability issues
Author(s) Barraza, Laura
Robottom, Ian
Journal name International journal of environmental and science education
Volume number 3
Issue number 4
Start page 179
End page 191
Total pages 13
Publisher International journal of environmental and science education
Place of publication Bolu, Turkey
Publication date 2008
ISSN 1306-3065
Keyword(s) children's drawings
mental construction
participant-directed photography
sustainability
Summary In this decade of Education for Sustainable Development, it is timely to consider the methodological issues associated with researching this topic not only with adults but also with the young children who, as members of the next generation, will experience the success or otherwise of current environmental sustainability efforts. We argue that it is important when making methodological choices to recognize that both the sustainability issues themselves and the way individuals learn about these issues, are socially and culturally constructed. In this article we are interested in ways of gaining representations of individuals' mental constructions of environmental sustainability issues. We recount experiences from two projects, one which used the approach of analyzing children's drawings to gain representations of how children in Mexico understand environmental issues and the other which employed adult participant-directed photography as the principal data collection method conducted mainly in the north of South Africa.
Language eng
Field of Research 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970113
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2008, IJESE
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30022526

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