Starting with stories: The power of socio-ecological narrative

Brian Wattchow, Ruth Jeanes, Laura Alfrey, Trent Brown, Justen O’connor, Amy Cutter-Mackenzie

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In this first chapter we felt it important to introduce the editors of the book via a series of short autobiographical stories. In each case the author has chosen a few influential experiences that they believe have been crucial in shaping the development of their socio-ecological outlook as educators and researchers. In other words, in this first section of the book we are putting practical, lived experience prior to the theoretical explanation of what it means to be a socio-ecological educator. In this first chapter of Part I we want to lead with example and narrative. We then explore and reinforce the message with sound theoretical discussion of the crucial concepts that make up this unique perspective on educational philosophy and practice. In Part II of the book, different authors from a variety of backgrounds and work contexts explore socio-ecological ideas and practices via a range of case studies. Finally, in the conclusion chapter we summarise the book and reflect on the incorporation of a socio-ecological approach into educational and research settings.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Socioecological Educator: A 21st Century Renewal of Physical, Health, Environment and Outdoor Education
EditorsBrian Wattchow, Ruth Jeanes, Laura Alfrey, Trent Brown, Amy Cutter-Mackenzie, Justen O'Connor
Place of PublicationThe Netherlands
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9789400771673
ISBN (Print)9400771665, 9789400771666
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


  • Experience
  • Narrative
  • Reflection
  • Socio-ecology

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