Science, Ecology and Wellbeing

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Desmarchelier, Renee. 2020. "Science, Ecology and Wellbeing." Steinberg, Shirley R. and Down, Barry (ed.) The SAGE Handbook of Critical Pedagogies Volume 3. United Kingdom. SAGE Publications Ltd. pp. 1451-1453
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Science, Ecology and Wellbeing

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID3172
Book TitleThe SAGE Handbook of Critical Pedagogies Volume 3
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AuthorDesmarchelier, Renee
EditorsSteinberg, Shirley R. and Down, Barry
Volume3
Page Range1451-1453
Chapter NumberXII
Number of Pages3
Year2020
PublisherSAGE Publications Ltd
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISBN9781526411488
9781526486455
Web Address (URL)https://sk.sagepub.com/reference/the-sage-handbook-of-critical-pedagogies/i8705.xml
Abstract

The planet, human societies and the natural environment face some daunting challenges in our current neoliberal age. How we respond to such challenges at global, local and personal levels is mediated through our epistemological positions and the knowledges we have to draw upon in order to construct critical understand- ings of interrelationships between people, communities, environments (natural and built) and nations. Within and between these con- texts, particular, dominant ways of knowing and being are privileged and enacted. White, Western knowledge systems, such as science, have provided a guiding framework for societal evaluation of worth. Science has provided a (purportedly) universal, objective way of describing and understanding the natural world and those who dwell within it. This has led to great advances in human achievement and wellbeing on one hand, but also allowed environmental destruction, systematic racism and many other forms of marginalisation.

KeywordsScience, science education, critical pedagogy, ecology, wellbeing
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390113. Science, technology and engineering curriculum and pedagogy
Byline AffiliationsSchool of Education
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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