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Environments 2017, 4(1), 22; doi:10.3390/environments4010022

Practice-Based Interdisciplinary Approach and Environmental Research

College of Education, University of Saskatchewan, 28 Campus Drive, Saskatoon, SK S7N 0X1, Canada
Academic Editor: Yu-Pin Lin
Received: 6 October 2016 / Revised: 23 February 2017 / Accepted: 3 March 2017 / Published: 7 March 2017
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Abstract

Interdisciplinary researchers and educators, as community members, creators of knowledge, and environmental activists and practitioners, have a responsibility to build a bridge between community practice, academic scholarship, and professional contributions aimed at establishing environmental sustainability. In this paper, I focus on an undervalued area of environmental politics, practices, and often unarticulated assumptions which underlie human–environmental relations. This article challenges interdisciplinary studies that are not connected with practice by reconfiguring the meaning of a community-based, interdisciplinary approach. Drawing from works by Foucault, Latour, and Haraway, this paper first shows how to reconfigure the meaning of an interdisciplinary approach. Second, using Bourdieu and Brightman’s ethnographic studies as a framework, the paper situates practice as central to our efforts to deconstruct and replace current interdisciplinary initiatives with a practice-based approach. Through a practice-based interdisciplinary approach (PIA), environmental educators and researchers gain an awareness of and learn to make an investment in sustainable communities. As teams of environmental researchers practising in the local community, they are meaningfully involved with the community, with each other, and with the environment. View Full-Text
Keywords: interdisciplinary practice-based approach; scientific research; Foucault; Haraway; Latour; Bourdieu; Brightman interdisciplinary practice-based approach; scientific research; Foucault; Haraway; Latour; Bourdieu; Brightman
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Datta, R.K. Practice-Based Interdisciplinary Approach and Environmental Research. Environments 2017, 4, 22.

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