Weaving a postmodern tapestry: Ecological literacy, ecofeminism and curriculum theory
AuthorSchwartz, Elaine Gail, 1944-
KeywordsEducation, Sociology of.
Education, Curriculum and Instruction.
Education, Philosophy of.
AdvisorShort, Kathy G.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractAs the 20th century comes to a close, humanity faces an unprecedented global ecological crisis. The postmodern tapestry which constitutes this dissertation is an educator's response to the crisis. My theory of Ecofeminist Literacy, a critical ecofeminist postmodern epistemology, constitutes the central design of this tapestry. The genesis of Ecofeminist Literacy represents the interweaving and synergism of diverse theoretical threads: Ecological Literacy, Ecofeminism, Critical Postmodern Hermeneutics, The Sociological Imagination, Gandhian Non-Violence, and Curriculum as a Process of Inquiry. Ecofeminist Literacy and its accompanying pedagogical theory, the Ecofeminist Inquiry Process, provide the basis for a politicized form of intentional culture change at all levels of schooling. Examples of the pedagogical implications of Ecofeminist Literacy and the Ecofeminist Inquiry Process for teacher education, professional development and education in the schools serve to further emphasize the significance of this critical ecofeminist postmodern epistemology. Ecofeminist Literacy provides a viable pathway towards a just and ecologically sustainable future for all living and non-living entities on Mother Earth.
Degree ProgramGraduate College
Language, Reading & Culture