Critical Pedagogy and Climate Justice

A special issue of Education Sciences (ISSN 2227-7102). This special issue belongs to the section "Curriculum and Instruction".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2024 | Viewed by 866

Special Issue Editors

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Centre for Global Learning, Coventry University, Coventry CV1 5FB, UK
Interests: critical pedagogy; decolonisation; playful learning; co-creation; human ecology; research methodologies in education studies

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Staffordshire Centre for Learning and Pedagogic Practice, Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 2DE, UK
Interests: inequalities and leadership/social leadership; transdisciplinary education; global challenges; education and education policy; social justice and community development; the capability approach

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

It is with a sense of growing urgency, during what appears to be the hottest summer on record, that we announce a Special Issue of Education Sciences focused on the links between critical pedagogy and climate justice.

With discussions about climate justice gaining momentum, it is imperative that critical educators re-evaluate, broaden, and rearticulate the Freirean project and its long-standing concerns with social justice in order to strongly reconnect with the lived ecologies of the oppressed.

This is particularly important as discourses of environmentalism and environmental education risk otherwise to be subsumed in the neoliberal, neo-colonial technocratic status quo, in a sort of “pedagogical greenwashing”, while opportunities for radical social and educational transformation become foreclosed.

The aim of this Special Issue is therefore to broaden the scope and space of critical pedagogical discourse and the development of related ideas. We invite contributions from critical educators at all levels and from all countries who wish to engage in rearticulating the role of critical pedagogy in addressing the climate crisis, as well as to outline potential avenues for transdisciplinary intervention and collaboration.

Contributions around the following topics (though not limited to them) are particularly welcomed, as are contributions from the Global South and from minoritized educators:

  • Critical pedagogical approaches to understanding the climate crisis;
  • Critical pedagogy connecting local and planetary issues;
  • Critical ecological consciousness;
  • Critical pedagogy and the non-human;
  • Critical pedagogy and outdoor education;
  • Feminist and intersectional perspectives on climate education;
  • Greenwashing in educational settings;
  • Indigenous, decolonial, and anti-imperialist pedagogical perspectives on environmental education;
  • Critical pedagogy and environmental activism.

Dr. Luca Morini
Dr. Arinola Adefila
Guest Editors

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  • critical pedagogy
  • ecopedagogy
  • climate crisis
  • climate justice
  • anthropocene
  • climate activism
  • education for sustainable development
  • environmental education
  • sustainable development goals

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