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Environmental Pedagogies Through Local and Global Lenses: Eco-Pedagogy, Comparative Education, and Freirean Pedagogies

Sat, April 18, 2:45 to 4:15pm, Hyatt, Floor: East Tower - Purple Level, Riverside West


This paper examines the need for comparative/international education (CIE) pedagogies and research methodologies to be an essential element of ecopedagogy and vice versa. Ecopedagogy is environmental education (EE), rooted in Freirean Pedagogy and other popular education models, is critical and dialectic. Plural in definition, ecopedagogy here will focus on teaching and research on the connections between environmental ills and social conflict (socio-environmental). Drawing upon research conducted in Argentina, Brazil, and Appalachia and other teaching/research experiences, Three reasons will be given on how CIE offers tools to help understand complex, politically hidden socio-environmental issues through local and global lenses. Given will be reasons why many current non-Freirean EE models are not only ineffective but also how they often sustain environmental ills.