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Resilience in learning systems: case studies in university education

Sriskandarajah, Nadarajah; Bawden, Richard; Blackmore, Chris; Tidball, Keith G. and Wals, Arjen E. J . (2010). Resilience in learning systems: case studies in university education. Environmental Education Research, 16(5 & 6) pp. 559–573.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13504622.2010.505434
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Abstract

In this paper, we address the challenge of translating the concept of resilience into effective educational strategies. Three different cognitive dimensions (ontological, epistemological and axiological) that underpin assumptions held about the nature of nature, the nature of knowing and the nature of human nature are identified. Four case studies from higher education in the USA, The Netherlands, Sweden and the UK are presented, which illustrate how learners can be encouraged to confront their ontological, epistemic and axiological positions and appreciate the positions of others. The cases all emphasize experience as the source of learning and explore how learning experiences can be designed to facilitate transformations at the individual level that might foster resilience at the social–ecological system levels. We argue that the epistemic dimension deserves greater attention among educators and that epistemic development is crucial for those working with social–ecological systems as a foundation for building resilience.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2010 Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1469-5871
Keywords: resilience; social–ecological systems; learning systems; social learning; experiential learning; epistemic development; environmental education
Academic Unit/Department: Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Computing & Communications
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Item ID: 24468
Depositing User: Chris Blackmore
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2010 12:09
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2012 09:53
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/24468
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