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Contemporary Studies in Environmental and Indigenous Pedagogies

A Curricula of Stories and Place

Kulnieks, Andrejs, Roronhiakewen Longboat, Dan, Young, Young (Eds.)

2013, VIII, 314 p.


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  • This important new collection addresses the integration of environmental and indigenous pedagogies into curriculum. It is divided into three parts, focusing respectively on Indigenous Knowledges, Indigenous environmental studies, and eco-justice education perspectives. With contributors from universities across North America, and with topics ranging from the relationship between scientific and traditional knowledge to social action projects in the classroom, from outdoor education to an eco-feminist analysis in eco-justice pedagogy, Contemporary Studies in Environmental and Indigenous Pedagogies is an invaluable exploration of the principles and practices of environmental and indigenous pedagogies.
Contemporary Studies in Environmental and Indigenous Pedagogies: A Curricula of Stories and Place. Our book is a compilation of the work of experienced educational researchers and practitioners, all of whom currently work in educational settings across North America. Contributors bring to this discussion, an enriched view of diverse ecological perspectives regarding when and how contemporary environmental and Indigenous curriculum figures into the experiences of curricular theories and practices. This work brings together theorists that inform a cultural ecological analysis of the environmental crisis by exploring the ways in which language informs ways of knowing and being as they outline how metaphor plays a major role in human relationships with natural and reconstructed environments. This book will be of interest to educational researchers and practitioners who will find the text important for envisioning education as an endeavour that situates learning in relation to and informed by an Indigenous Environmental Studies and Eco-justice Education frameworks. This integrated collection of theory and practice of environmental and Indigenous education is an essential tool for researchers, graduate and undergraduate students in faculties of education, environmental studies, social studies, multicultural education, curriculum theory and methods, global and comparative education, and women’s studies. Moreover, this work documents methods of developing ways of implementing Indigenous and Environmental Studies in classrooms and local communities through a framework that espouses an eco-ethical consciousness. The proposed book is unique in that it offers a wide variety of perspectives, inviting the reader to engage in a broader conversation about the multiple dimensions of the relationship between ecology, language, culture, and education in relation to the cultural roots of the environmental crisis that brings into focus the local and global commons, language and identity, and environmental justice through pedagogical approaches by faculty across North America who are actively teaching and researching in this burgeoning field.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Indigenous environmental education eco-justice pedagogy

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Table of contents 

Foreword; Introduction to Environmental and Indigenous Pedagogies: An Integrated Curriculum; Part One: Principles of Environmental and Indigenous Pedagogies; 1. Beyond Dualism: Toward a Transdisciplinary Indigenous Environmental Studies Model of Environmental Education Curricula; 2 Becoming Visible: Reconceptualizing Curriculum; 3 The Fortress, the River and the Garden: A New Metaphor for Cultivating Mutualistic Relationship Between Scientific and Traditional Ecological Knowledge; 4 Anishinaabe Environmental Knowledge; 5 Anishinaabe Bimaadiziwin: Living Spiritually with Respect, Relationship, Reciprocity, and Responsibility; Part Two: Portraits of Environmental and Indigenous Pedagogies; 6 Alienation and Integration: Environmental Education and American First Nations; 7 The Priced Versus The Priceless; 8 “Putting Our Lives in Order”: Wendell Berry, EcoJustice, and a Pedagogy of Responsibility; 9 Eco-Ethical Environmental Education: Critically and Ethically Examining Our Perceptions of Being Human; 10 Outdoor Education Centres: A Sustainable Educational Model for the 21st Century?; Part Three: Practices of Environmental and Indigenous Pedagogies; 11 The Role of Environmental Education in Resisting the Global Forces Undermining What Remains of Indigenous Traditions of Self Sufficiency and Mutual Support; 12 An Introduction to Indigenous Environmental Studies: From Principles into Action; 13 Toward an Anti-Centric Ecological Culture: Bringing a Critical Eco-Feminist Analysis to EcoJustice Education; 14 Reflections on a Grand Teacher: Dwelling on a Scholar’s Garden; 15 Fishing for Knowledge Beyond Colonial Disciplines: Curriculum, Social Action Projects, and Indigenous Communities; Biographies; Subject Index.

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