Preconceptions and Positionings

Can We See Ourselves Within Our Own Terrain?

Authored by: Paul Hart

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.ch47

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Abstract

In the introduction to this section, environmental education research was acknowledged as an interdisciplinary landscape characterized by multiple philosophical positions, theoretical frames, and research methodologies and methods. And, as the papers reveal, it is a landscape that does not intentionally privilege one philosophical perspective or methodological strategy over another. Each research program takes its lead from the nature and interests of the research questions posed. If such is the case, then the chapters in this section may be viewed as examples that range across diverse research interests so that readers can learn from the experiences of those already invested within particular genres or who tend to find themselves attracted to certain philosophical tendencies and associated methodological approaches. While it was impossible to be comprehensive across categories, it was possible to represent a reasonable array of perspectives intentionally focused on the mutually participative character of the anthropological and sociological, that is, across interpretive and postcritical perspectives that may have been somewhat underrepresented in the past.

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