Rethinking Intercultural Approaches to Indigenous Environmental Education and Research
Chapter 5. Environmental Educators’ Perspectives
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ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATORS’ PERSPECTIVES
I am very grateful to have had the incredible opportunity to engage in conversation with some of Canada’s most experienced and inspiring intercultural environmental educators. As mentioned in earlier chapters, this journey was a constant process of reflection—a spiraling dialogue between the participants, the literature, and myself. As I came to the end, I found that some of my original questions had been answered, however new questions had inevitably risen in their place. Another conundrum that I faced was that every participant had a unique perspective on the topics and questions guiding this study. How then, to make sense of it all?
I realized that I needed to revisit the literature, discuss my thoughts with trusted peers and mentors, and reflect on my original research questions to begin making sense of all of these ideas and questions that had arisen during the interviews. My original research questions were:
I also revisited the methodologies that guided me in the initial stages of this research such as Kovach’s (2010) thoughts on Indigenous methodologies and the various interpretive and narrative researchers who informed my approach. As previously discussed, my intention in this study was also to seek out and explore participants’ “epiphanic” (Denzin, 1989) or “aha” type moments that help us to gain deeper insights into the experiences, and perspectives of participants and ourselves.
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