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Journal writing on wilderness expeditions as a tool for sustainability education-reflections on the potential and the reality


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Dyment, JE and O'Connell, T (2007) Journal writing on wilderness expeditions as a tool for sustainability education-reflections on the potential and the reality. Applied Environmental Education and Communication, 6 (1). pp. 139-148. ISSN 1533-015x

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In this article, we describe how journals can be used on wilderness expeditions as a
tool for meeting some of the elements of sustainability education. Using Lefebvre’s
criteria for evaluating sustainability education efforts, we describe the potential and
reality of using journals to help students: (1) put emphasis on interacting with
nature and learning with nature; (2) make interconnections between the societal
(including political), economic, and ecological aspects of issues covered; (3)
support community involvement and participation so that educational endeavors
are contextually appropriate, relevant, and culturally sensitive and inclusive; and
(4) develop skills, values, and attitudes that allow for reflection, critical thinking,
collaboration, and action for social change. We conclude by reflecting on which
criteria students are able to work toward more easily through journal writing and
discuss how the potential of journals can be maximized to bring together lifelong
learning and sustainability.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Applied Environmental Education and Communication
Publisher: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group
Page Range: pp. 139-148
ISSN: 1533-015x
Identification Number - DOI: 10.1080/15330150701598189
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Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2008 14:31
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:35
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