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Stewardship and beyond? Young people's lived experience of conservation activities in school grounds

Ruck, Andrew and Mannion, Greg (2021). Stewardship and beyond? Young people's lived experience of conservation activities in school grounds. Environmental Education Research. 27 , 1502-1516
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This article provides ethnographic insight into the more-than-human relationships enacted through young people's participation in school grounds conservation activities. As a response to the escalating biodiversity crisis, conservation appears well-placed to facilitate young people's development of an environmental ethic of care, and a capacity to work towards addressing environmental issues. Proponents of posthuman pedagogies, however, argue that the 'stewardship' perspective underlying these activities fails to achieve the radical shift in human-environment relations required in response to the Anthropocene, given its apparent reinforcement of a perceived human/nature binary, and narrow 'solutions'-based approach. Considering these critiques, this article demonstrates that where there is openness to unplanned more-than-human encounters and the enactment of young people's own 'lived curricula', conservation activities can nonetheless enable forms of 'collective thinking with the more-than-human world' that transcend any underlying 'stewardship' perspective. We therefore point to the potential role of conservation activities within posthuman responses to the Anthropocene, provided such openness is maintained.

Authors/Creators:Ruck, Andrew and Mannion, Greg
Title:Stewardship and beyond? Young people's lived experience of conservation activities in school grounds
Series Name/Journal:Environmental Education Research
Year of publishing :2021
Volume:27
Page range:1502-1516
Number of Pages:15
Publisher:ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR AND FRANCIS LTD
ISSN:1350-4622
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 509 Other Social Sciences > Social Sciences Interdisciplinary (Peace and Conflict Research and Studies on Sustainable Society)
Keywords:Conservation, anthropocene, more-than-human, stewardship, school grounds, posthuman
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-113309
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-113309
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Type of IDID
DOI10.1080/13504622.2021.1964439
Web of Science (WoS)000685324900001
ID Code:25169
Faculty:S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Ecology
(S) > Dept. of Ecology
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:02 Sep 2021 15:00
Metadata Last Modified:02 Sep 2021 15:01

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