G4 Doctoral dissertation (monograph)
Umweltpädagogik in der Postmoderne. Eine philosophische Studie über die Krise des Subjekts im umweltpädagogischen Diskurs. (2004)

Matthies, J. (2004). Umweltpädagogik in der Postmoderne. Eine philosophische Studie über die Krise des Subjekts im umweltpädagogischen Diskurs. [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Jyväskylä. Jyväskylä studies in education, psychology and social research, 246. http://urn.fi/URN:ISBN:978-951-39-8584-4

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All authors or editors: Matthies, Jürgen

ISBN: 951-39-1892-0

eISBN: 978-951-39-8584-4

Journal or series: Jyväskylä studies in education, psychology and social research

ISSN: 0075-4625

Publication year: 2004

Number in series: 246

Number of pages in the book: 400

Publisher: University of Jyväskylä

Place of Publication: Jyväskylä

Publication country: Finland

Publication language: Finnish

Persistent website address: http://urn.fi/URN:ISBN:978-951-39-8584-4

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Already thirty years ago the worldwide project Environmental Education was
drawn up with the goal of formulating extensive programmes of instruction
that would bring about a change in people's thinking and behaviour in the face
of continuous environmental destruction. The accelerated exploitation of nature
and existing empirical impact research studies confirm, however, that
environmental education has largely been a failure. This philosophical study
pursues the question of why enlightenment in the sphere of environmental
education has had such little effect. In doing so Germany and Finland hold
good as national case examples. Critical examination is given to theory models
and institutionalized conditions of environmental education which are
supposed to sensitize the subject to modified behaviour with respect to nature
and the environment. The traces of an instrumental thinking vis-a-vis nature are
searched after in a philosophical-historical discourse. In the process the
investigation orientates itself on the culture-critical theses of earlier Critical
Theory within the scope of the late capitalist Modern. In a further analytical
step the study concerns itself with selected subject-philosophical
deconstructions of the Postmodem. The recognized problems of the
environmental-pedagogical subject in the Postmodern have a fundamental
significance where the analyses of paradoxes in environmental education are
concerned. The immanent impediments of environmental education lie not only
in its ambivalent concept of nature and scanty criticism of society and
capitalism but above all in the crisis of the pedagogical subject.
The perception of the ecological crisis and nature-indebted behaviour
construct themselves as an individual decision, which, however, is constantly
inhibited by pluralized models of interpreting the world and cultural-industrial

Keywords: environmental education; critical theory; postmodern; postmodernism; environmental education

Free keywords: crisis of subject

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