Lenses for learning: visual techniques in natural resource planning

Lenses for learning: visual techniques in natural resource planning

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Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsPetheram, L, High, C, Campbell, BM, Stacey, N
JournalJournal of Environmental Management
Volume92
Start Page2734-2745
Date Published2011
KeywordsApplied research, Indigenous, participatory communication, protected areas, scoial learning, Visual methods
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.

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