The 5th World Environmental Education Congress, 2009: A Research Project

Authors

  • Bob Jickling Lakehead University
  • Lucie Sauve UQAM
  • Laurence Briere UQAM
  • Blair Niblett Lakehead University
  • Emily Root

Abstract

This paper contextualizes the 5th World Environmental Education Congress, discusses the theoretical underpinnings of the Congress theme “Earth Our Common Home,†and relates this theorizing to the research project that was woven through the Congress. We provide a rationale for engaging in this research project, as an invitation for Congress participants to have a say in co-constructing an image of environmental education and a vision for its shared future. The results describe an everchanging, and increasingly complex field. They are also presented as converging and diverging pluralities that can provide critical traction for practitioners who wish to critically reflect on ongoing developments in environmental education.

Author Biographies

Bob Jickling, Lakehead University

Bob Jickling is Professor of Education at Lakehead University, Canada. He is the founding editor of the Canadian Journal of Environmental Education and the recipient of the North American Association for Environmental Education’s 2009 award for Outstanding Contributions to Research. He was also Co-Chair of the 5th World Environmental Education Congress.

Lucie Sauve, UQAM

Lucie Sauvé is professor at the Faculty of education of the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and holder of a Canada Research Chair in environmental education. She is director of the UQAM post-graduate program in environmental education and of the international research journal Éducation relative à l'environnement – Regards, Recherches, Réflexions. She was Co-Chair of the 5th World Environmental Education Congress.

Laurence Briere, UQAM

Laurence Brière is a research agent at the Canada Research Chair in environmental education of the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). She was a member of the 5th World Environmental Education Congress Organizing Committee.

Blair Niblett, Lakehead University

Blair Niblett is a PhD Student at Lakehead University, Canada. His research explores the conceptual and practical intersections of activism and education, with a focus on environmental education. He was also Niche Coordinator for the Ethics, Environmental Thought, and Worldviews theme area of the 5th World Environmental Education Congress.

Emily Root

Emily Root is a PhD Student at Lakehead University, Canada. Her research explores the interconnections of Environmental Education and Aboriginal Education, and focuses on decolonizing journeys and culturally responsive pedagogies. She presented her work at the 5th World Environmental Education Congress.

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2011-04-27

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