Contextualising learning through the participatory construction of an environmental education programme

Ruiz-Mallen, Isabel, Barraza, Laura, Bodenhorn, Barbara, de la Paz Ceja-Adame, Maria and Reyes-Garcia, Victoria 2010, Contextualising learning through the participatory construction of an environmental education programme, International journal of science education, vol. 32, no. 13, pp. 1755-1770, doi: 10.1080/09500690903203135.

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Title Contextualising learning through the participatory construction of an environmental education programme
Author(s) Ruiz-Mallen, Isabel
Barraza, Laura
Bodenhorn, Barbara
de la Paz Ceja-Adame, Maria
Reyes-Garcia, Victoria
Journal name International journal of science education
Volume number 32
Issue number 13
Start page 1755
End page 1770
Total pages 16
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2010-09-01
ISSN 0950-0693
Keyword(s) action research
contextualising as pedagogical technique
environmental education
participatory methods
Summary Strengthening links between school and community is critical for improving people's participation in environmental issues. However, Mexican education programmes are generally unrelated to rural students' life experience and are planned without considering either teachers' or students' opinions. This article describes the participatory construction of a preparatory school environmental education (EE) programme in Ixtlan de Juarez, a Mexican indigenous community internationally recognised for sustainable forest management. The qualitative research methods used are based on the action research methodology. Results from interviews conducted with the preparatory school's headmaster, the coordinator, and nine teachers provided the needed documentation of the school site for contextualising learning activities. Feedback during focus groups with six students, three teachers, five local communal authorities, and two researchers highlighted that all participants perceived the need for creating an educational programme focused on local forest management. The contents and activities of the programme were designed by the focus group's participants. The programme has been continuously taught by teachers and forest workers since 2005 and was officially integrated with the preparatory school science curriculum in 2006. This participative educational experience has thus transformed the mandatory school curriculum in Ixtlan.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/09500690903203135
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 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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