Environmental learning: three lenses (chapter from book)
What is it about?
This chapter introduces the idea of lenses – interpretive tools or heuristic devices which lead us to look at or for different aspects of environmental learning and thus reach qualitatively different understandings. It also outlines the three lenses that we have developed and which we apply in subsequent chapters to make sense of empirical data across a range of formal learning settings. We begin by explaining what we mean when we use the word lens, and this is followed by an hypothetical environmental learning scenario, used to illustrate the different lines of enquiry framed by each lens. We then explain their origins, provide a rationale for their importance, and conclude with a schematic representation and summary.
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