Building Skills, Building Homes: Community Sustainability, Straw Bale Construction, and Indigenous Perspectives

by Vandale, Carol A.

Abstract (Summary)
This narrative inquiry explores how the Building Skills, Building Homes Project, which was undertaken in Saskatchewan, Canada from April November 2003, exemplified a learning strategy for self-sustainable community development through the straw bale construction of two buildings. Being self-sustainable involves searching for an interconnected way of living with our environment. Finding a strategy that connects what is ecologically sound, such as straw bale construction, with current modes of living, is a complex process that necessitates new kinds of community education relationships. A retrospective analysis of the authors experience with the project and a conversational interview with one of the participants of the Building Skills, Building Homes Project will illustrate the adult learning that happens between learners working together on a joint project, which facilitates a growing awareness of what self-sustainable living entails. The research question framing this study is: What links can community educators make using the Building Skills, Building Homes Project as an example of ecological community sustainability?
Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Wason-Ellam, Linda; Oliphant, Lynn; Julien, Richard; Collins, Michael

School:University of Saskatchewan

School Location:Canada - Saskatchewan

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:alternative energy workplace learning affordable housing aboriginal education work skills ecology indigenous cultural development sustainable community ecological environmental


Date of Publication:11/29/2005

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