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The Socioecological Learner in Big History: Post-Anthropocene Imageries

  • Marilyn Ahearn
  • Amy Cutter-Mackenzie-Knowles
  • Brad Shipway
  • Wendy Boyd
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Abstract

The purpose of this chapter is to critically examine socioecological learning within the context of the evolving scientific story of the universe through Big History. We orient the reader to an overview of Big History in the context of the post-Anthropocene. Big History promotes antidisciplinary boundaries, beyond siloing, to forge new connections within an increasingly complex universe. Incorporating the experiences of fifteen students, we represent their post-Anthropocene imaginaries revealing five distinct themes/concepts. These include: Big History is More-than-Human; Big History Metanarratives; Antidisciplinary Learning through Big History; Whole-systems and Worldviews in Big History; Agency and Possibility of Transformative Thinking in Big History.

Keywords

Big History Socioecological learning Anthropocene Post-Anthropocene Whole systems Antidisciplinary 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marilyn Ahearn
    • 1
  • Amy Cutter-Mackenzie-Knowles
    • 1
  • Brad Shipway
    • 2
  • Wendy Boyd
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Education, Sustainability, Environment and the Arts in Education (SEAE) Research ClusterSouthern Cross UniversityBilingaAustralia
  2. 2.School of Education, Sustainability, Environment and the Arts in Education (SEAE) Research ClusterSouthern Cross UniversityGold CoastAustralia
  3. 3.School of Education, Sustainability, Environment and the Arts in Education (SEAE) Research ClusterSouthern Cross UniversityLismoreAustralia

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