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If you’ve just finished your doctorate researching #enviroed, or know someone who has, or want others in this research community to know about that, this feature of the journal may be the tool for you …

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Integrating environmental education within the management model of National Parks of Colombia

Integrating environmental education within the management model of National Parks of Colombia

  • thesis summary in current issue

Juanita Zorrilla Pujana

Pages: 748-748 | DOI: 10.1080/13504622.2016.1225693

Synopsis

This action research project took place in Colombia, one of the world’s most biodiverse countries, within the context of the National Parks (NP) system. The aim of the study was to investigate the current situation for the NP Environmental Education (EE) program, and to strengthen the role that EE plays in managing protected areas in the NP.

The work focused on using participatory methodologies to investigate three main questions: (1) Is the EE helping to reduce conservation threats? (2) Is the EE aligned to the management plan and the conservation objectives? And, (3) Is there any standardized evaluation to measure progress?

The project was framed by a socio-critical paradigm and adopted an institutional change perspective. Working with NP staff and participants from environmental NGOs giving support to the management of the NP, the research design integrated qualitative and quantitative methods to scope, ground and address the research questions.

Findings from the first part of the study (focused on coastal and marine ecosystems), established an agreed methodological framework for elaborating local EE action plans. The focus of the second consisted of extending this to a common set of indicators, co-designed to evaluate the EE within the management plans applicable to the NP system.

The study contributes to assessment methodologies of the effectiveness of NP systems, and offers a model for incorporating social and participative lenses. Such an approach affords a systematic assessment of the EE at different geographical scales (local, regional, national), and comparison of effectiveness no matter the heterogeneity of the NP system, from a theoretical perspective. Although the study is focused on illuminating the Colombian case, it was also designed to provide replicable and easy-to-use tools for elsewhere. In particular, it shows how to move beyond EE output indicators, to a perspective focused on quality participation, communication and educational process.

Further research is suggested, focused on testing and assessing the real impact of EE in the achievement of conservation objectives. The thesis also argues for the construction and development of appropriate composite indicators able to incorporate social and biological data to measurements of the management effectiveness in NP systems.

Keywords: Protected areas, conservation education, environmental education indicators, management effectiveness, action-research

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13504622.2016.1225693

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“Being a good person in the system we already have will not save us”

“Being a good person in the system we already have will not save us”: interpreting how students narrate and embody the process of social change for sustainability using an agency/structure lens

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Hannah K. Miller

Pages: 1-1 | DOI: 10.1080/13504622.2017.1303821

Keywords: Agency/structure dialectic, place-based pedagogy, critical consciousness of race, sustainability education, undergraduate teaching and learning

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13504622.2017.1303821

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From thesis summaries to full theses

Environmental education in a climate of reform: understanding teacher educators’ experiences

In 2014, Sylvia Almeida created a summary of her doctoral thesis for the journal. A study of environmental education policy reform in India, and awarded by Monash University, you can read and download the full thesis via Figshare at the main link, her abstract is as follows:

In a climate of national and international policy reform in environmental education this study is designed to examine the ways in which environmental education is implemented by teacher educators (n=11) in a particular teacher education institution in India. The rapid economic progression particularly over the last decade has led to environmental problems of an unprecedented level. India has struggled to keep pace with these problems resulting in the judiciary stepping in and ordering mandatory Environmental Education in the curricula for all schools and undergraduate programs. This study shows that while there has been development of policies, their impact on teacher educators’ practice, and therefore student teachers’ learning about Environmental Education is limited. This thesis is an ethnographic study of a Teacher Education institution in India. The data included public and private policy documents, semi-structured interviews and classroom observations. These data sets helped to shed light on the work and lives of the participating teacher educators and how they understood, negotiated, determined and implemented Environmental Education. The study showed that while these teacher educators had a clear understanding of the environment and saw the need/importance of incorporating Environmental Education in their daily practices they had very little scope to do so. There were numerous factors that constrained implementation. This thesis argues that while policy reforms are a step in the right direction they need to be backed up with strong implementation systems in order to be successful.

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Sylvia Christine Almeida PhD (2014) Environmental education in a climate of reform: understanding teacher educators’ experiences, Environmental Education Research, 20:4, 575-576, DOI: 10.1080/13504622.2014.910498

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Place-based education & critical pedagogies of place: teachers challenging the neo-colonizing processes of the New Zealand and Canadian schooling systems
– thesis summary
Brad Harasymchuk
Pages: 1-1 | DOI: 10.1080/13504622.2017.1289501

Keywords: Place-based education, critical pedagogy of place, neo-colonization, neoliberalism, education

Read the summary of Brad’s thesis at:

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13504622.2017.1289501