The limits of environmental educators’ fashioning of ‘individualized’ environmental citizens

Ferreira, Jo-Anne (2020) The limits of environmental educators’ fashioning of ‘individualized’ environmental citizens. The Journal of Environmental Education, 50 (4-6). pp. 321-331. ISSN 0095-8964


In this paper I reflect on a key challenge facing the field as we move into the next 50 years, that of our prioritizing of the individual over the social or the common. Through examining a number of environmental education activities, a discussion of their effects in shaping individuals as environmental citizens is undertaken. While this is necessary work, it is limited in scope. I conclude by arguing for a new way forward for the field, one that is more clearly and explicitly focused on the complex functioning of power and the mechanisms of power, including the State, and how we might educate our students to facilitate political and social change. Without this, we will not be able to achieve the rapid social and environmental change required if we are to mitigate against and adapt to the effects of climate change.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2021 02:43
Last Modified: 05 May 2021 05:20
Uncontrolled Keywords: behavior change; futures; post-structuralism; Foucault
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390105 Environmental education curriculum and pedagogy
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