Deepening ecological relationality through critical onto-epistemological inquiry: where transformative learning meets sustainable science

Williams, Lewis (2013) Deepening ecological relationality through critical onto-epistemological inquiry: where transformative learning meets sustainable science. Journal of Transformative Education, 11 (2). pp. 95-113. ISSN 1541-3446

Abstract

Indigenous worldviews remain at the margins of education, science, and sustainability efforts. The emergence of sustainable science holds promise as a means of advancing deep sustainability and recentering Indigenous knowledge. Transformative learning's engagement with sustainable science has the potential to play an integral role in this paradigmatic shift which necessitates a broader legitimation of our ecology as a deeply interconnected living system. An important part of this project is learner-centred critical onto-epistemological inquiry-the critical study of one's own reality and implications for ecological relationship. Drawing on Intuitive Inquiry and Kaupapa Maori research, this article illuminates the partial decolonization of my own Life-World and arrival at a deepened sense of ecological relationship. Initially focusing on 'the dreaming,' it integrates my visceral experiences of the land and Indigenous constructions of reality through interviews with Ngai Te Rangi and Plains Cree elders. The implications for transformative learning and sustainability are discussed.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © The Author 2013. Published version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Nursing
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2013 00:23
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2014 05:19
Uncontrolled Keywords: personal transformation; transformative learning; transformative pedagogy
Fields of Research : 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220314 Philosophy of Mind (excl. Cognition)
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220316 Philosophy of Specific Cultures (incl. Comparative Philosophy)
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220303 Environmental Philosophy
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950599 Understanding Past Societies not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1177/1541344613490997
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/24030

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