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Reconnecting skills for sustainable communities with everyday life

Franklin, Alexandra, Newton, Julie, Middleton, Jennie and Marsden, Terry Keith ORCID: 2011. Reconnecting skills for sustainable communities with everyday life. Environment and Planning A 43 (2) , pp. 347-362. 10.1068/a426

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In this paper we review the current policy approach to skills and knowledge for sustainable communities. The aspatial and target-led nature of these approaches around the attainment of fixed skill sets is discussed and then contrasted with educationalist literatures which provide an alternative pedagogical approach to learning. That is, one that places a much greater emphasis on ‘learners’ as individuals and ‘learning’ as achieved through experience. The role and influence of people in place are implicit within these ‘learner-centred’ models. This reflects an understanding of the need to approach learning strategies in a way that relates to people’s everyday lives. Drawing on ongoing empirical research conducted in the English town of Stroud (Gloucestershire, UK), we demonstrate some of the insights which can be gained from understanding skills and knowledge for sustainable communities in the context of these more experiential and process-orientated approaches. We do so by looking at the accounts and practices not of professionals, but of community members who are actively engaged with sustainable communities initiatives. We explore the relationships between their knowledge and understandings of sustainability and how they have sought to encompass and actively develop principles of sustainable communities as part of their everyday lives.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Schools: Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society (BRASS)
Sustainable Places Research Institute (PLACES)
Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Additional Information: Franklin, Alexandra, Newton, Julie, Middleton, Jennie, Marsden, Terry, 2011. The definitive, peer-reviewed and edited version of this article is published in Environment and Plannning A, 43, 2, 347-362, 2011, 10.1068/a426
ISSN: 0308-518X
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2022 12:37

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