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Cultural Studies and Environmentalism

The Confluence of EcoJustice, Place-based (Science) Education, and Indigenous Knowledge Systems

  • Deborah J. Tippins
  • Michael P. Mueller
  • Michiel van Eijck
  • Jennifer D. Adams

Part of the Cultural Studies of Science Education book series (CSSE, volume 3)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxviii
  2. EcoJustice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 5-5
    2. Deborah J. Tippins, Michael P. Mueller
      Pages 1-4
    3. Michael P. Mueller, Deborah J. Tippins
      Pages 7-10
    4. Rebecca A. Martusewicz, John Lupinacci, Gary Schnakenberg
      Pages 11-27
    5. Wolff-Michael Roth
      Pages 51-82
    6. Deborah J. Tippins, Michael P. Mueller
      Pages 181-184
  3. Place-Based (Science) Education

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 185-185
    2. Doug Karrow, Xavier Fazio
      Pages 193-214
    3. Jennifer D. Adams, Sheliza Ibrahim, Miyoun Lim
      Pages 215-228

About this book


As the first book to explore the confluence of three emerging yet critical fields of study, this work sets an exacting standard. The editors’ aim was to produce the most authoritative guide for ecojustice, place-based education, and indigenous knowledge in education. Aimed at a wide audience that includes, but is not restricted to, science educators and policymakers, Cultural Studies and Environmentalism starts from the premise that schooling is a small part of the larger educational domain in which we live and learn. Informed by this overarching notion, the book opens up ways in which home-grown talents, narratives, and knowledge can be developed, and eco-region awareness and global relationships can be facilitated. Incorporating a diversity of perspectives that include photography, poetry and visual art, the work provides a nuanced lens for evaluating educational problems and community conditions while protecting and conserving the most threatened and vulnerable narratives. Editors and contributors share the view that the impending loss of these narratives should be discussed much more widely than is currently the case, and that both teachers and children can take on some of the responsibility for their preservation. The relevance of ecojustice to this process is clear. Ecojustice philosophy is a way of learning about how we frame, or perceive, the world around us—and why that matters. Although it is not synonymous with social or environmental justice, the priorities of ecojustice span the globe in the same way. It incorporates a deep recognition of the appropriateness and significance of learning from place-based experiences and indigenous knowledge systems rather than depending on some urgent “ecological crises” to advocate for school and societal change. With a multiplicity of diverse voices coming together to explore its key themes, this book is an important starting point for educators in many arenas. It brings into better focus a vital role for the Earth’s ecosystems in the context of ecosociocultural theory and participatory democracy alike. “Encompassing theoretical, empirical, and experiential standpoints concerning place-based knowledge systems, this unique book argues for a transformation of (science) education’s intellectual tradition of thinking that emphasizes individual cognition. In its place, the book offers a wisdom tradition of thinking, living, and being that emphasizes community survival in harmony within itself and with Mother Earth.” Glen Aikenhead


Cultural Studies E-Learning TEK Traditional Ecological Knowledge complexity ecojustice education environmental education environmentalism indigenous knowledge systems mathematics place-based education

Editors and affiliations

  • Deborah J. Tippins
    • 1
  • Michael P. Mueller
    • 2
  • Michiel van Eijck
    • 3
  • Jennifer D. Adams
    • 4
  1. 1.Dept. Mathematics & Science EducationUniversity of GeorgiaAthensUSA
  2. 2.Dept. Mathematics & Science EducationUniversity of GeorgiaAthensUSA
  3. 3.Eindhoven School of EducationEindhoven University of TechnologyEindhovenNetherlands
  4. 4.Brooklyn CollegeCity University of New YorkBrooklynUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Cultural Studies and Environmentalism
  • Book Subtitle The Confluence of EcoJustice, Place-based (Science) Education, and Indigenous Knowledge Systems
  • Editors Deborah J. Tippins
    Michael P. Mueller
    Michiel van Eijck
    Jennifer D Adams
  • Series Title Cultural Studies of Science Education
  • Series Abbreviated Title Cultural Stud.Sci.Educat.
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-90-481-3928-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-007-3299-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-90-481-3929-3
  • Series ISSN 1879-7229
  • Series E-ISSN 1879-7237
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXVIII, 496
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Science Education
    Education, general
    International and Comparative Education
    Environmental Law/Policy/Ecojustice
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