Thinking Globally in Environmental Education

A Critical History

Authored by: Noel Gough

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


 Download Chapter



This essay offers a critical history of approaches to “thinking globally” in environmental education research, 1 with particular reference to the production, reproduction, and widespread circulation of assumptions about the universal applicability of modern Western science. 2 Although the transnational character of many environmental problems and issues demands that we “think globally,” I argue that environmental education research could be enhanced by understanding Western science as one among many local knowledge traditions. Global knowledge production in/for environmental education might then be understood as creating conditions under which local knowledge traditions can be performed together, rather than as creating a global “common market” in which representations of local knowledge must be translated into (or exchanged for) the terms of a universal discourse.

Search for more...
Back to top

Use of cookies on this website

We are using cookies to provide statistics that help us give you the best experience of our site. You can find out more in our Privacy Policy. By continuing to use the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.