The potential of a stratified ontology for developing materials in community-based coastal marine environmental education processes

Davies, S. M. (2009) The potential of a stratified ontology for developing materials in community-based coastal marine environmental education processes. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.

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This study set out to explore the possibilities that the Critical Realist concept of a stratified ontology might have for environmental learning and materials development processes. This involved processes of ongoing contextual profiling; the use of picture-based resources and storytelling to support the engagement with the marine harvesting contexts of the villages of Hamburg and Ngqinisa, in the former Ciskei. At the heart of the study was the process of uncovering the empirical, the actual and the real in the context of a community of coastal marine harvesters whose lives and livelihoods are affected by poverty and a history of inequality, and more recently by issues such as HIV/AIDS. Their stories of existing practice changed as we engaged with picture-based narratives, gaining depth and focus in relation to sustainability issues. The learning processes associated with and emerging out of the research processes were enhanced through abductive use of metaphors and graphic illustrations, and through intra- and inter community exchanges, again using picture based narratives. As the study unfolded, the development of environmental education materials receded. Focus turned to how conceptual abstraction processes (of abduction (metaphor) and retroduction) and the stratified ontological framework allowed for learning across epistemological divides.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Environmental education; stratified ontology; coastal marine; environmental education; marine biology; sustainable development
Subjects:L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Education > Education
Supervisors:Lotz-Sisitka, H. (Prof.) and O'Donoghue, R. (Prof.)
ID Code:1584
Deposited By: Nicolene Mvinjelwa
Deposited On:04 Mar 2010 14:20
Last Modified:06 Jan 2012 16:20
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