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Resilience in Social-Ecological Systems
The Role of Learning and Education

ISBN 9780415552530
Published April 7, 2011 by Routledge
224 Pages

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Book Description

Resilience thinking challenges us to reconsider the meaning of sustainability in a world that must constantly adapt in the face of gradual and at times catastrophic change. This volume further asks environmental education and resource management scholars to consider the relationship of environmental learning and behaviours to attributes of resilient social-ecological systems - attributes such as ecosystem services, innovative governance structures, biological and cultural diversity, and social capital. Similar to current approaches to environmental education and education for sustainable development, resilience scholarship integrates social and ecological perspectives.

The authors of Resilience in social-ecological systems: the role of learning and education present a wealth of perspectives, integrating theory with reviews of empirical studies in natural resource management, and in youth, adult, and higher education. The authors explore the role of education and learning in helping social-ecological systems as they respond to change, through adaptation and transformation. This book also serves to integrate a growing literature on resilience and social learning in natural resources management, with research in environmental education and education for sustainable development.

This book was originally published as a special issue of Environmental Education Research.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Learning and adapting – central features of resilience  Foreword: On Learning, Resilience and Research in Environmental Education  Introduction: Resilience in social–ecological systems: the roles of learning and education  1. Resilience and learning: a conspectus for environmental education  2. Social–ecological resilience and environmental education: synopsis, application, implications  3. Learning for resilience, or the resilient learner? Towards a necessary reconciliation in a paradigm of sustainable education  4. Exploring adaptability through learning layers and learning loops  5. Environmental education for social–ecological system resilience: a perspective from activity theory  6. Resilience in learning systems: case studies in university education  7. Agricultural knowledge in urban and resettled communities: applications to social–ecological resilience and environmental education  8. Stewardship, learning, and memory in disaster resilience  9. Participatory action research and environmental learning: implications for resilient forests and communities  10. Responses to climate change: exploring organisational learning across internationally networked organisations for development  11. Learning for resilience? Exploring learning opportunities in biosphere reserves  12. Environmental education, resilience, and learning: reflection and moving forward

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Marianne Krasny is Professor and Chair in the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University, specializing in environmental, science, and sustainability education in urban and other settings in the US and internationally. She has worked on various approaches to environmental education including incorporating traditional knowledge, participatory action research, social learning, and socio-ecosystem resilience.

Cecilia Lundholm is an Associate Professor in the Department of Education, member of the group on Conceptual Development, Director of Centre for Teaching and Learning in the Social Sciences, and part of the Stockholm Resilience Centre, at Stockholm University. Her research concerns communication, knowledge and learning of socio-economic as well as ecological phenomena in formal (education) and informal (natural resource management) settings. Lundholm’s research is funded by the Swedish Research Council’s Committee for Sustainable Development and the Stockholm Resilience Centre.

Ryan Plummer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Tourism and Environment at Brock University, Canada. He teaches courses on the subjects of environmental management, institutional arrangements and issues in environmental studies. At a broad level, his research concerns environmental governance and social-ecological systems.