Hi Silvio-- You raise very interesting questions. Two points (perhaps only I
am interested, I cannot tell. I am very interested in problem of
sustaintability applied to social organizations, which may be relevant, but
may not be for reasons of delayed feedback you note)
1. You write: Paulo Freire would go for "conscientization" in order to
change perceptions and achieve a certain level of environmental
awareness...But an "Activity Theory" approach would focus on direct/objetive
activity outcomes to generate whatever is necessary for change.
Conjecture: It should be possible to organize activity so that the
environmental consequences are
made conscious in subjects of activity. The work of Atran and Medin in
Psychological Review on
the differing practices and understandings of traditional Maya, Mestizo,
and Ladino farmers speaks
to this possibility.
2. The Friere/CHAT relationship is an interesting one and, I believe, not
clear cut. I am not an expert on this topic by any means and hopefully other
will comment. In cultural-historical, activity theory
terms, what is the process of conscientization?
On 3/28/07, Silvio Marquardt <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Dear friends,
> I`ve been puzzled with an issue for quite a long time and, possibly, some
> of you could help out:
> As far as I understand, one of the element embedded in the Activy Theory
> is that we learn through tools/objects/social situations etc...Therefore,
> mediated by those element which will give us a "cognitive feedback" enabling
> our action and personal/social transformation.
> When I think about "Education for Sustainability" (UN Decade, for
> instance) I face the problem related to my ongoing question of Freirean /
> Activity Theory "conflict"...
> Paulo Freire would go for "conscientization" in order to change
> perceptions and achieve a certain level of environmental awareness...But an
> "Activity Theory" approach would focus on direct/objetive activity outcomes
> to generate whatever is necessary for change.
> The problem is that environmental problems are likely to produce a
> "feedack" ("Nature" as a "Tool" ?) not immediatelly, therefore, it cannot be
> used as an educational resource for "Environmental Education".
> Am I missing something ? Did any of you got into it before and I`ve just
> "missed the train" ?
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