Animal Encounters in Environmental Education Research: Responding to the "Question of the Animal"

Jan Oakley, Gavan P. L. Watson, Constance L. Russell, Amy Cutter-Mackenzie, Leesa Fawcett, Gail Kuhl, Joshua Russell, Marlon van der Waal, Traci Warkentin


The “question of the animal” represents an area of emergent interest in the environmental education field, as researchers critically consider human-animal relations and animal advocacy in their work. Following a group discussion at the 10th Seminar in Health and Environmental Education Research, the authors of this paper share experiences, challenges, and insights related to disrupting the human/animal divide, conducting respectful research involving nonhuman animals, and producing research that moves beyond humanism and aims to make a difference to the more-than-human world.

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