Title

Learning to govern oneself: environmental education pedagogy and the formation of an ethical subject

Document Type

Article

Publication details

Ferreira, J 1999, 'Learning to govern oneself: environmental education pedagogy and the formation of an ethical subject', Australian Journal of Environmental Education, vol. 15, pp. 31-35.

http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0814062600002585

Peer Reviewed

Peer-Reviewed

Abstract

This paper uses the work of Weber and Foucault to explore the ways in which environmental education may operate as a site for forming and maintaining particular ethical competencies which most environmental educators argue are necessary in order to live in an ‘environmentally sustainable' manner. Environmental education practices, as evidenced in the Earthkeepers program, are examined to show how environmental education may be working in quite particular ways to construct specific ethical abilities and competencies in students. It is argued that we need to be far more concerned with and aware of the actual means we use to encourage students to live in an ‘environmentally sustainable' fashion.