Southern African Journal of Environmental Education

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Designing Research in Environmental Education Curriculum Policy Construction, Conceptualisation and Implementation as Exemplified by Southern African Examples

J Dillon, M Ketlhoilwe, P Ramsarup, C Reddy


There is increasing dissatisfaction at many levels with existing environmental education curricula in southern Africa. The resulting change and innovation is opening up possibilities for innovative research into the construction, conceptualisation and implementation of the curriculum. However, researching the curriculum offers a range of challenges to those engaged in critically examining processes and practices quite different from those faced in the past. This paper examines a series of key issues and dilemmas in the field of curriculum research in environmental education using cases contributed by active researchers in the area. In the light of the researchers’ experiences we posit a series of propositions that might reduce barriers and constraining forces faced by academics working in the area.

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