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Lenses for learning: Visual techniques in natural resource management

Petheram, L., High, C., Campbell, B. M. and Stacey, N. (2011). Lenses for learning: Visual techniques in natural resource management. Journal of Environmental Management,92(10):2734-2745.

Document type: Journal Article

IRMA ID 82057923xPUB41
Title Lenses for learning: Visual techniques in natural resource management
Author Petheram, L.
High, C.
Campbell, B. M.
Stacey, N.
Journal Name Journal of Environmental Management
Publication Date 2011
Volume Number 92
Issue Number 10
ISSN 0301-4797   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-79960847843
Start Page 2734
End Page 2745
Total Pages 12
Place of Publication United Kingdom
Publisher Academic Press
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract In this study, we explored the use of selected visual techniques (e.g. video, photography, diagramming) in facilitating learning among Indigenous communities living in remote protected areas at sites in Vietnam and Australia. The techniques were employed during interviews and workshops aimed at accessing and enhancing local peoples' perspectives on their landscape and on specific natural resource management issues. The effectiveness of the different techniques for enabling learning varied markedly with the context, highlighting the need for facilitator skill and flexibility in application of techniques. Visual techniques helped to engage participants; encourage unrestrained and lateral thinking; provide opportunities for self-expression and reflection; and to expose participants to perspectives of other community members. Valuable insights emerged on broad aspects of learning and these were incorporated into a simple model that highlights three types of conceptualisation found to be important in these processes.
Keywords Visual methods
Participatory communication
Social learning
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