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School and local environmental knowledge, what are the links? A case study among indigenous adolescents in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Rui­z-Mallen, Isabel, Barraza, Laura, Bodenhorn, Barbara and Reyes-Garcia, Victoria 2009, School and local environmental knowledge, what are the links? A case study among indigenous adolescents in Oaxaca, Mexico., International research in geographical and environmental education, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 82-96, doi: 10.1080/10382040902861155.

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Title School and local environmental knowledge, what are the links? A case study among indigenous adolescents in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Author(s) Rui­z-Mallen, Isabel
Barraza, Laura
Bodenhorn, Barbara
Reyes-Garcia, Victoria
Journal name International research in geographical and environmental education
Volume number 18
Issue number 2
Start page 82
End page 96
Total pages 15
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2009-05
ISSN 1038-2046
1747-7611
Keyword(s) environmental education
environmental knowledge
ethnobiology
indigenous adolescents
Mexico
Summary Understanding environmental learning is the first step to constructing successful environmental education programs. Little research has addressed the relation between the environmental knowledge learned inside and outside schools. Environmental educators and ethnobiologists have worked independently, without assessing how school and local environmental knowledge relate to each other. This research examines school and local environmental knowledge acquisition of 95 Mexican indigenous adolescents. Multivariate regression analysis was used to assess (1) school and local environmental knowledge overlap and (2) the association between individual environmental knowledge and socio-demographic characteristics. Data show that school and local environmental knowledge are not associated in a statistically significant way. A possible explanation for the finding is that the two forms of knowledge are complementary because they exist in parallel. Adolescents’ school and local environmental knowledge is associated with their level of schooling, but not with parental occupation in community forestry. The use of traditional pedagogical practices at school and the loss of traditional culture at home might hamper indigenous adolescents’ environmental learning.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/10382040902861155
Field of Research 050203 Environmental Education and Extension
130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio Economic Objective 970105 Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2009, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30025623

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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