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

Article


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. https://doi.org/10.1177/1541344613490997
Article Title

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

ERA Journal ID20052
Article CategoryArticle
Authors
AuthorWilliams, Lewis
Journal TitleJournal of Transformative Education
Journal Citation11 (2), pp. 95-113
Number of Pages19
Year2013
Place of PublicationThousand Oaks, CA. United States
ISSN1541-3446
1552-7840
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/1541344613490997
Web Address (URL)http://jtd.sagepub.com/content/11/2/95
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.

Keywordspersonal transformation; transformative learning; transformative pedagogy
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020500315. Philosophy of mind (excl. cognition)
500318. Philosophy of specific cultures (incl. comparative philosophy)
500304. Environmental philosophy
Public Notes

© The Author 2013. Published version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.

Byline AffiliationsSchool of Health, Nursing and Midwifery
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
Permalink -

https://research.usq.edu.au/item/q2102/deepening-ecological-relationality-through-critical-onto-epistemological-inquiry-where-transformative-learning-meets-sustainable-science

  • 1840
    total views
  • 7
    total downloads
  • 0
    views this month
  • 0
    downloads this month

Export as

Related outputs

Remapping country, kin and culture on the Darling Downs and Southwest Queensland: some suggestions for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal resilience and well-being
Williams, Lewis, Stuart, Lynne and Reedy, Natasha. 2015. "Remapping country, kin and culture on the Darling Downs and Southwest Queensland: some suggestions for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal resilience and well-being." Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues. 18 (4), pp. 21-38.
Being alive well? Power-knowledge as a countervailing force to the realization of mental well-being for Canada's aboriginal young people
Williams, Lewis and Mumtaz, Zubia. 2008. "Being alive well? Power-knowledge as a countervailing force to the realization of mental well-being for Canada's aboriginal young people." International Journal of Mental Health Promotion. 10 (4), pp. 21-31. https://doi.org/10.1080/14623730.2008.9721773
He whanaunga tera: the politics and practice of an indigenous and intercultural approach to ecological well-being
Williams, Lewis. 2012. "He whanaunga tera: the politics and practice of an indigenous and intercultural approach to ecological well-being." Williams, Lewis, Roberts, Rose and McIntosh, Alastair (ed.) Radical human ecology: intercultural and indigenous approaches. Farnham, Surrey. United Kingdom. Ashgate Publishing Limited. pp. 397-419
The human ecologist as alchemist: an inquiry into Ngai Te Rangi cosmology, human agency, and well-being in a time of ecological peril
Williams, Lewis. 2012. "The human ecologist as alchemist: an inquiry into Ngai Te Rangi cosmology, human agency, and well-being in a time of ecological peril." Williams, Lewis, Roberts, Rose and McIntosh, Alastair (ed.) Radical human ecology: intercultural and indigenous approaches. Farnham, Surrey. United Kingdom. Ashgate Publishing Limited. pp. 91-120
Women, migration and well-being: building epistemological resilience through ontologies of wholeness and relationship
Williams, Lewis and Hall, Laura. 2014. "Women, migration and well-being: building epistemological resilience through ontologies of wholeness and relationship ." Global Change, Peace and Security. 26 (2), pp. 211-221. https://doi.org/10.1080/14781158.2014.881335