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Re/Creating Australian Outdoor Environmental Education Pedagogy: Becoming-Speckled Warbler

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Abstract

In this plateau I employ Deleuze and Guattari’s (A thousand plateaus: capitalism and schizophrenia (trans: Massumi B). University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, 1987) conceptual figuration of becoming-animal to explore ways that the life and circumstances of the speckled warbler might inform natural history focused Australian environmental education research. The speckled warbler and other woodland birds of south-eastern Australia have declined dramatically since European settlement; many species are at risk of becoming locally and/or nationally extinct. Coincidently, Australian environmental education research of the last decade has largely been silent on the development of pedagogy that reflects the natural history of this continent (Stewart, Aust J Environ Educ 22:85–97, 2006). The current circumstances that face the speckled warbler, I argue, are emblematic of both the state of woodland birds of south-eastern Australia, and the condition of natural history pedagogy within Australian environmental education research. The epistemology and ontology of becoming-speckled warbler offers a basis to reconsider and strengthen links between Australian natural history pedagogy and notions of sustainability.

Keywords

Becoming-animal Deleuze and Guattari Natural history Speckled warbler Outdoor environmental education 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of EducationLa Trobe UniversityBendigoAustralia

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