Dealing with uncertainty in Environmental and Sustainability Education – learning from young ‘hustlers’ in Africa?

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Abstract

Within Environmental and Sustainability Education (ESE) research, discussions about uncertainty has primarily focused on uncertainty in relation to knowledge and the wickedness of sustainability problems. Sustainability challenges are considered ‘wicked’ due to their complexity and ambiguity, the uncertainty of our knowledge about them and the disagreements about norms and values (see e.g. Block, Goeminne, & Van Poeck, 2018; Lotz-Sisitka, Wals, Kronlid, & McGarry, 2015). In this presentation, I take a different point of departure with a focus on everyday experiences of and ways of dealing with uncertainty. Drawing on research on livelihood uncertainty in Africa, I hope to bring new perspectives to discussions on ESE in the European context, and, in particular, to the question of how ESE may address increasing experiences of uncertainty and climate anxiety among young people.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2019
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventECER 2019: 'Education in an Era of Risk – the Role of Educational Research for the Future' - Hamborg, Germany
Duration: 3 Sept 20196 Sept 2019

Conference

ConferenceECER 2019
Country/TerritoryGermany
CityHamborg
Period03/09/1906/09/19

Keywords

  • children and youth
  • learning, educational science and teaching
  • construction, environment and energy

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