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Lenses for learning: visual techniques in natural resource planning

Petheram, L.; High, C.; Campbell, B. M. and Stacey, N. (2011). Lenses for learning: visual techniques in natural resource planning. Journal of Environmental Management, 92(10) pp. 2734–2745.

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Abstract

In this study, we explored the use of selected visual techniques (e.g. video, photography, diagramming) in facilitating learning among Indigenous communities living in remote protected areas at sites in Vietnam and Australia. The techniques were employed during interviews and workshops aimed at accessing and enhancing local peoples’ perspectives on their landscape and on specific natural resource management issues. The effectiveness of the different techniques for enabling learning varied markedly with the context, highlighting the need for facilitator skill and flexibility in application of techniques. Visual techniques helped to engage participants; encourage unrestrained and lateral thinking; provide opportunities for self-expression and reflection; and to expose participants to perspectives of other community members. Valuable insights emerged on broad aspects of learning and these were incorporated into a simple model that highlights three types of conceptualisation found to be important in these processes.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2011 Elsevier Ltd.
ISSN: 0301-4797
Keywords: visual methods; participatory communication; social learning indigenous; protected areas
Academic Unit/Department: Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Computing & Communications
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Item ID: 29441
Depositing User: Chris High
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2011 16:02
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2012 23:45
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/29441
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