Developing eco-agency through education : capacitating agency through learning

Vongalis-Macrow, Athena 2010, Developing eco-agency through education : capacitating agency through learning, in Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Learning : Creative and Imaginative Futures for Schooling, [The Learner], [Hong Kong.], pp. 1-12.

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Title Developing eco-agency through education : capacitating agency through learning
Author(s) Vongalis-Macrow, Athena
Conference name International Conference on Learning (17th : 2010 : Tai Po, Hong Kong)
Conference location Tai Po, Hong Kong
Conference dates 6 - 9 July, 2010
Title of proceedings Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Learning : Creative and Imaginative Futures for Schooling
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2010
Conference series Learning Conference
Start page 1
End page 12
Total pages 13
Publisher [The Learner]
Place of publication [Hong Kong.]
Keyword(s) agency
knowledge transfer,
sustainability
education
Summary The paper is prompted by startling results from large scale international studies that show the dissonance between young people’s sustainability knowledge and the resistance of young people to put into practice. The studies suggest that while students are aware of what they should be doing, as a result of their education about sustainability, they are reluctant to change their behavior and action in their everyday life. These results raise important issues about current models of education and how sustainability is captured within education. The results suggest that no matter how powerful the ideas and how well intentioned the methods of education for sustainable development, translating those ideas into action, beyond classroom and beyond curriculum strategies remain elusive. In order to re-think some aspects of educational practice, the paper examines the notion of agency as a critical component in the understanding of how behavior and actions are organized and integrated by students. By developing a more refined understanding of agency, and incorporating this into educational practice around sustainability, it may be possible to better develop resonant sustainable actions, or eco-agency, supporting the maintenance our environment.
Language eng
Field of Research 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
Socio Economic Objective 930201 Pedagogy
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30032556

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Education
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