Moinho D'Água

Environmental Education, Participation, and Autonomy in Rural Areas

Authored by: João Luiz de Moares Hoeffel , Almerinda B. Fadini , M.K. Machado , J.C. Reis , F.B. Lima

International Handbook of Research on Environmental Education

Print publication date:  December  2012
Online publication date:  May  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415892384
eBook ISBN: 9780203813331
Adobe ISBN: 9781136699313


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In contributing to international discourse on environmental education research, this chapter presents an environmental education project that used as study area the rural region known as Moinho located in the town of Nazaré Paulista, Sao Paulo, Brazil. It does this to foreground rural areas and participation as significant in environmental education research on participation and learning. Rural areas, participation, and participatory forms of research have been the subject of environmental education research in a number of contexts, including developing country contexts, where large majorities of people continue to depend on natural resources, and their traditional ecological knowledge practices for livelihoods and survival (see, e.g., Mukute, 2009; Pesanayi, 2009).

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