Participation and Learning

Perspectives on Education and the Environment, Health and Sustainability

Editors: Reid, A., Jensen, B.B., Nikel, J., Simovska, V. (Eds.)

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  • Ground-breaking collection that brings together a diverse range of perspectives on the philosophy, design and experience of participatory approaches within education and the environment, health and sustainability
  • Chapters address participatory work in both formal and non-formal settings
  • Contains international case studies written by leading authorities in participation, education, health, environment, and sustainability
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About this book

The Research in Participatory Education Network (RIPEN) was initiated by the Research Programme for Environmental and Health Education at the Danish School of Education, University of Aarhus, in 2003. It embraces a broad spectrum of researchers, scholars, students, and practitioners of participatory education, working in or from Europe, North America, Africa, and Australasia. Given the international scope of the network and the range of interests it now has, as initiators and early participants in the network the editorial team invited RIPEN to discuss what a critical perspective on participatory approaches to education might mean for education and the environment, health and sustainability, and how network members might research and substantiate their claims and ar guments. Following the introductory chapter on the scope of this collection, 19 chapters illustrate the contributors’ responses to that invitation. Our focus on critical perspectives was prompted by earlier work by Majid Rahnema in Wolfgang Sachs’s (1992), Development Dictionary. Critiquing concepts of participation in a volume that set out to stimulate cultural, historical, and anth- pological debate on the key concepts of development, Rahnema (p. 126) wrote: Participation, which is also a form of intervention, is too serious and ambivalent a matter to be taken lightly, or reduced to an amoeba word lacking any precise meaning, or a slogan, or fetish, or for that matter, only an instrument or methodology.

About the authors

Alan Reid is a Senior Lecturer in Education and member of the Centre for Research in Education and the Environment, University of Bath. He is the editor of Environmental Education Research, and co-ordinates doctoral programmes in research methods in education and management, and teaches on Masters programmes in environmental education, technologies and learning, and qualitative research approaches. His research interests focus on teachers’ thinking and practice in environmental education, and policy-related and philosophical issues in environmental education theory and practice.

Bjarne Bruun Jensen is Professor in the Department of Curriculum Research at the Danish University of Education and directs the Research Programme on Environmental and Health Education. His research interests are in action-oriented health and environmental education; pupils’ concepts of health, inequality in health and action for health, and children as catalysts of social change. He is member of the editorial board of Environmental Education Research and Health Promotion International, and National Coordinator for the Danish network of health promoting schools. He also works as a consultant for WHO within the fields of Health Education and Health Promoting Schools.

Jutta Nikel is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre for Research in Education and the Environment, at the University of Bath. Her research interests focus on empirical and theoretical research regarding environmental education and education for sustainable development, and teachers’ thinking and practice in these areas. Her recent work for the Royal Academy of Engineering focused on how sustainability issues are integrated into undergraduate engineering education. Her current work examines the contribution of Education for Sustainable Development for improving quality in education in low income countries

Venka Simovska, PhD, is Assistant Professor in Health Education and Health Promotion at the Department of Curriculum Research at the Danish University of Education, and a member of the Research Programme for Environmental and Health Education. She is an academic coordinator of one of the modules of the Masters programme in health education and health promotion, and she teaches and supervises masters and doctoral students. Venka has extensive experience in research related to school-based projects, including the European Network of Health Promoting Schools. Her research interests revolve around issues relating to health, young people and teaching/learning processes in the area of health education and promotion. In particular, her research focuses on student participation and empowerment in learning.

Reviews

FROM THE REVIEWS "This is a welcome addition to the literature related to the development of effective learning in non-traditional contexts, and is put together by an impressive range of contributors from four continents. And whilst it does offer a wide range of perspectives on participatory learning in a variety of curriculum areas, these perspectives are predominantly theoretical and research-based. They testify to an effective and ongoing collaboration between academics from different backgrounds and disciplines, which makes for a comprehensive survey of the concepts from different perspectives.", Alan Peacock, University of Exeter, UK. Environmental Education Research, Vol. 16, No. 2, Month 2010, 1-2 --------- "This book is of true relevance to teachers, non-governmental organizations and researchers interested in knowing what participation can look like in various contexts where the voices’ of the young are favored. " Cecilia Lundholm, Stockholm University. Children, Youth and Environments, Vol. 19 No. 1, 2009 ---------- "The book is masterfully organised in a way that scaffolds the reader through a tangle of sometimes conflicting and competing debates played out in different settings with diverse players engaged in attaining a variaty of goals. For some readers the book will be a starting point toward understanding participation learning. For others, the book will serve as a tool for debate and reflection on a crowded playing field with players representing different agendas, some of them hidden. Although the editors ask readers to step outside of their individual bias, some will choose not to. Perhaps some will even us it as a way to sell their particular viewpoints. Others, however, will be compelled to reflect on themselves as participants in learning, and through their experience with this book they will develop an open-mindedness toward honest and careful consideration of what effective participation learning should encompass." Marie Cheak, Western Illinois University, The Journal of Environmental Education, Vol. 39, No. 4, 2008 ----------

Table of contents (20 chapters)

Table of contents (20 chapters)
  • Participation and Learning: Developing Perspectives on Education and the Environment, Health and Sustainability

    Reid, Senior Lecturer Alan (et al.)

    Pages 1-18

  • Stepping Back from ‘The Ladder’: Refl ections on a Model of Participatory Work with Children

    Hart, Roger A., Ph.D

    Pages 19-31

  • Differentiating and Evaluating Conceptions and Examples of Participation in Environment-Related Learning

    Reid, Senior Lecturer Alan (et al.)

    Pages 32-60

  • Learning in and as Participation: A Case Study from Health-Promoting Schools

    Simovska, Assistant Professor Venka, Ph.D

    Pages 61-80

  • Environmental Learning and Categories of Interest: Exploring Modes of Participation and Learning in a Conservation NGO

    Scott, William (et al.)

    Pages 81-97

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Participation and Learning
Book Subtitle
Perspectives on Education and the Environment, Health and Sustainability
Editors
  • Alan Reid
  • Bjarne Bruun Jensen
  • Jutta Nikel
  • Venka Simovska
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-6416-6
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-6416-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-6415-9
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-7633-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 345
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