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

10.4324/9780203813331.ch4

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Abstract

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.

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