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A biographic approach to the study of biocultural learning

Garavito Bermudez, Diana (2020). A biographic approach to the study of biocultural learning. Dyskursy Młodych Andragogów / Adult Education Discourses. 21 , 105-124
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Natural environments such as arable lands, lakes, the sea, forests and savannahs are not only places for living and supporting the livelihoods of people, they constitute contexts of significance for sustainability. On the one hand, the study of the knowledge that people generate about their local natural environments has mainly been characterised by romantic views and false assumptions of learning, and more specifically knowledge generation (acquisition), as a merely social or collective process within social-ecological systems literature. It has led to unequal power relationships between different types of knowledge (scientific and experiential) as they were totally separated in human cognition development and structure, and professional knowledge and practices. On the other hand, there is limited interest in the study of professional learning among local communities having natural environments as their living and workplaces within adult educational research. Based on the empirical study of Swedish fishers and farmers, this article contributes to further development of approaches and methods for the understanding of biocultural learning or professional learning in and about nature. It answers the research questions of how the study of biocultural learning benefits from using a biographical approach and a variety of data collection methods, and how individual and social circumstances impact biocultural learning. Findings contrast the previous research literature on local ecological knowledge, and lead to reflections about the role of adult education research for the development of theories and methods for sustainability research and practices.

Authors/Creators:Garavito Bermudez, Diana
Title:A biographic approach to the study of biocultural learning
Series Name/Journal:Dyskursy Młodych Andragogów / Adult Education Discourses
Year of publishing :2020
Page range:105-124
Number of Pages:20
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 503 Educational Sciences > Learning
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 106 Biological Sciences (Medical to be 3 and Agricultural to be 4) > Ecology
Keywords:biocultural learning, biographical approach, adult education, natural environments, local ecological knowledge, sustainability, uczenie się biokulturowe, podejście biograficzne, edukacja dorosłych, środowiska naturalne, lokalna wiedza ekologiczna, zrównoważony rozwój
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ID Code:22411
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
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Deposited On:16 Feb 2021 07:03
Metadata Last Modified:16 Feb 2021 07:11

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