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Social Ecology and Education: Transforming Worldviews and Practices

David Wright Stuart B. Hill



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23 September 2020
Sociology; Moral & social purpose of education; Environmental science, engineering & technology
Social Ecology and Education addresses ecological understanding as a transformative educational issue: a learning response to emerging insights into social-ecological relationships and the future of life on our planet.

In the face of the existential threats posed by climate change, loss of biodiversity, pandemids and the associated ecological and social challenges; there is a need to extend our responses beyond scientific inquiry and technological initiatives. This book seeks to move the dialogue towards a deeper and broader understanding of the complexities of the issues involved. To achieve this, the book discusses issues rarely addressed through programs in Education for Sustainability and Environmental Education, such as student defined knowledge systems, deep engagement with the implications of indigenous understandings, climate change as symptomatic of broad epistemological problems, social disengagement and differentiated barriers to meaningful change. This work is enriched by its focus on the learning and the learning systems that have led to our current predicament.

This book seeks to initiate considerations of this kind, to invigorate education for sustainable, equitable, healthy and meaningful futures. As such, this book will be of great interest to undergraduate and postgraduate students in a range of education and environmental courses.
Edited by:   David Wright, Stuart B. Hill
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm, 
Weight:   531g
ISBN:   9780367471088
ISBN 10:   0367471086
Pages:   186
Publication Date:   23 September 2020
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Further / Higher Education ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

David Wright is a senior lecturer in Education at Western Sydney University, Australia. Stuart B. Hill is Foundation Chair of Social Ecology at Western Sydney University, Australia.

Reviews for Social Ecology and Education: Transforming Worldviews and Practices

The portfolio of essays is excellent, ranging widely, incorporating many different voices, stretching it seems (thankfully) beyond academia into the world of environmental practice, emphasizing the experience and first-hand accounts of the authors. I'm impressed, too, at the emphasis on personalizing educational experience, the developmental orientation, and the openness to multiple forms of learning. The essays challenge the reader to encounter some of the existential challenges that are inevitable in contemplating environmental issues. The authors are highly qualified, very experienced, and surely in Stuart Hill's case, among the founders of academic environmental studies. Mitchell Thomashow, leading author on education and environmental change and director of the Second Nature Presidential Fellows Program. Former president of Unity College and former Chair of Environmental Studies at Antioch University.

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