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Action Research from a Critical Perspective: Analysis of an Environmental Education Program for Employees at a Brazilian Public University

  • Daniela Cassia SudanEmail author
  • Vânia Gomes Zuin
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Part of the World Sustainability Series book series (WSUSE)

Abstract

This article presents some results from an ongoing research on an Environmental Education (EE) program for employees across seven campuses of a public Higher Education Institution (HEI) in São Paulo State, Brazil. The program is being developed with 17,000 administrative staff through a capillary process system. The research involves the university and its role regarding the global environmental crisis and how it can establish a context that favors the participants’ educational activities to build a sustainable university. The objective of this work was to investigate this collective construction process based on an emancipatory EE program proposal. To reach this aim, a qualitative action research approach, including focal group techniques, participant observation and the analysis of complementary documents were conducted. Based on action research method in a critical perspective, this work discusses the ways in which such frameworks can contribute to understand this capillary EE process highly complex, involving several individuals of the HEI under study.

Keywords

Action research Critical environmental education Higher education institution 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Federal University of São CarlosSão CarlosBrazil
  2. 2.São Paulo UniversitySão CarlosBrazil

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