Unsettling Orthodoxies: Education for the environment/for sustainability

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Title Unsettling Orthodoxies: Education for the environment/for sustainability
Author Ferreira, Jo-Anne Louise
Journal Name Environmental Education Research
Year Published 2009
Place of publication UK
Publisher Routledge
Abstract In this paper I employ Foucault's notion of governmentality to reflect on a debate that occurred in the pages of this journal some 10 years ago. I argue that their exchanges indicate ways in which various positions are engaged in a struggle for dominance in this field, and how particular strategies are used to legitimate and maintain these positions. My purpose is not to propose a new orthodoxy – or even to critique those we have – but rather to raise questions about how the unquestioned 'that-which-is' of orthodoxies comes to be, and their effects. I also suggest that as environmental educators and researchers, we need to work harder to unsettle more often the taken-for-granted in environmental education so that we remain alert to our own easy acceptance of orthodoxies. Without this, we risk our exhortations to those we seek to educate – to think critically, to question assumptions, and so forth – becoming empty rhetoric if we are not practising these ourselves – examining our own, as well as others', assumptions and practices.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/13504622.asp
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13504620903326097
Copyright Statement Copyright 2009 Routledge. This is the author-manuscript version of the paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.Please refer to the journal link for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 15
Issue Number 5
Page from 607
Page to 620
ISSN 1350-4622
Date Accessioned 2009-11-05
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Institute for Educational Research
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject PRE2009-Other Education
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/29601
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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