An outdoor and environmental education community of practice : self stylisation or normalisation?

Preston, Lou 2012, An outdoor and environmental education community of practice : self stylisation or normalisation?, Australian journal of outdoor education, vol. 16, no. 1, pp. 28-38.

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Title An outdoor and environmental education community of practice : self stylisation or normalisation?
Formatted title An outdoor & environmental education community of practice : self stylisation or normalisation?
Author(s) Preston, Lou
Journal name Australian journal of outdoor education
Volume number 16
Issue number 1
Start page 28
End page 38
Total pages 11
Publisher Outdoor Education Council of Australia
Place of publication Milton, Qld.
Publication date 2012
ISSN 1324-1486
Keyword(s) Outdoor Environmental Education
Communities of Practice
Foucaul
Poststructuralism
Environmental ethics
Summary In this article, I draw on a qualitative longitudinal study to explore the influence of a tertiary Outdoor and Environmental Education (OEE) course on the formation of environmental ethics among students. In this task, I bring together Lave & Wenger (1991) and Wenger’s (1998) concept of communities of practice and Michel Foucault’s later work on ethics to underscore some of the difficulties of an OEE community of practice as a space for (environmentally) ethical self-stylisation. Bringing these theoretical ideas together is significant because my analysis suggests that the OEE community of practice (re)produces an environmental ethic based on normalised codes of conduct rather than a self-fashioning of an ethical existence as conceived by Foucault. I demonstrate that membership in overlapping communities of practice is influential in participants’ performance of environmental identities and normalising codes of conduct are particularly significant in the physical education/pre-service education communities of practice of which participants are members.
Language eng
Field of Research 130299 Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 930201 Pedagogy
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2012, Outdoor Education Council of Australia
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30046839

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