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On the Anthropocene


Hebrides, I and Affifi, R and Blenkinsop, S and Gelter, H and Gilbert, D and Irwin, R and Jensen, A and Jickling, B and Cockett, PK and Morse, M and Sitka-Sage, MD and Sterling, S and Timmerman, N and Welz, A, On the Anthropocene, Wild Pedagogies: Touchstones for Re-Negotiating Education and the Environment in the Anthropocene, Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, B Jickling, S Blenkinsop, N Timmerman, and MDD Sitka-Sage (ed), Switzerland, pp. 51-62. ISBN 9783319901763 (2018) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: doi:10.1007/978-3-319-90176-3


This chapter focuses on three key points. First, the world has changed, with destructive consequences for many, will continue to change, and will not return to situation "normal." That is, it will not return to global temperatures or species abundance and fluctuations that fall within the kinds of background levels experienced by generations of humans. This terrifying transformation has been labelled "The Anthropocene." While it is acknowledged that this term is contentious it is used here for its capacity to do useful work. Second, any educational conception and delivery that results in inculcation into dominant cultural norms will do nothing to change the current trajectory nor prepare learners for the new reality. Finally, no one really knows how to move forward in the best possible way. This isn’t meant to sound despairing, rather it signifies, that we’re in a time calling for bold experimentation and imagination.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Pedagogy
ID Code:155290
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2023-02-09
Last Modified:2023-02-09

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