Cerrado e escola: os saberes tradicionais como alternativametodológica à educação ambiental formal

by Ribeiro Oliveira, Mirna Gertrudes

Abstract (Summary)
As a result of the Scientific Revolution which began in the 16th and 17th centuries,modernity characterizes a moment in the history of planet Earth when we human beingshave managed to see ourselves separated from nature and rationally superior; therefore,devoid of essential subjective dimensions. Thus, wondering like nomadic beingsblinded by the light of Cartesianism, we voraciously started to pillage natural resourceswhich at our side should facilitate survival conditions for all generations to come.Paradoxically, in an attempt to reach high levels of material well-being, we havedistanced ourselves from our essence and have ended up building an environmentalsociety socially unjust, violent, self-centered and extremely materialistic. Consequently,a group of values that form a more sustainable and welcoming world vision have had toprovide room for other essential values to implement this societal model. The 1960?swas described as being the beginning of important movements like the environmentalmovement. In its context, the necessity to adopt an educational demeanor which couldguarantee the permanence of preservation deeds proposed by this movement cameabout. Then, in the 1970?s Environmental Education, as a result of various national andinternational discussions, gave emphasis to the formation of values in children. Ourresearch looked for data, which could characterize Environmental Education nowadays,in two schools in Araguari, MG Brazil that focused on the first few years of primaryschool. Our research put us face to face with a reality that leaves no doubt:Environmental Education deviated from its objective to work with values, whichemphasize concepts passed on in an attempt to increase environmental awareness is notsuccessful, because it doesn?t touch on the important dimensions in a subjective point ofview. In the midst of the reality, we built a methodological proposal in EnvironmentalEducation for the educators of the primary schools based on the revival of traditionalknowledge. Our proposal does not represent an attempt to rewind the film, but above allto call each educator to seek abandoned values in their own history and in the history oftheir people with the possibility of rethinking life of the Earth planet.
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Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Julio Cesar de Lima Ramires; Carlos Rodrigues Brandão; Vânia Rubia Farias Vlach; Doralice Barros Pereira; Beatriz Aparecida Zanatta

School:Universidade Federal de Uberlândia

School Location:Brazil

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:Saberestradicionais Environmental education School Traditional knowledge Methodological proposal


Date of Publication:04/19/2007

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