Dialogue—Missing in Action Competence: A Cultural Historical Activity Theory Approach in a Botswana School

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TitleDialogue—Missing in Action Competence: A Cultural Historical Activity Theory Approach in a Botswana School
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsSilo, N
JournalThe Journal of Environmental Education
Volume44
Issue3
Pagination159 - 179
Date Published2013/01/01/
ISBN Number0095-8964
Keywordsaction competence, children, cultural historical activity theory, dialogue, environmental management activities, participation
AbstractAn in-depth case study on children's participation in environmental management activities in a primary school in Botswana was undertaken, drawing on cultural historical activity theory (CHAT) and the action competence model. This research revealed that due to a lack of dialogue between teachers and children, teachers tended to view children's participation in environmental management activities in a very limited way. Because of their culturally and historically formed views of environmental education, teachers wanted children to pick up litter, and this was the primary environmental education concern they had. Children, on the other hand, identified sanitation management in the school toilets as their primary environmental management concern. Opening up dialogue between children and teachers led to new forms of participation for children, enhancing their action competence development.
URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00958964.2012.742033