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Title: 
  • Title is in Icelandic An Exploratory Study of a Situated Learning-to-Change Process in Three Eastern Cape Coastal Communities
Abstract: 
  • Abstract is in Icelandic

    Using a Communities of Practice (CoP) framework, this study set out to engage
    competing coastal resource users in purposeful learning interactions towards more
    sustainable resource use. Awareness creation and law enforcement have been the
    dominate way of addressing coastal conservation problems, creating a paradoxical
    situation where people understand the problems but are unable to do much to reduce their
    pressures on resources. This is creating a conflict between tourist brokers and the
    communities in question. These challenging realities gave rise to this appraisal of current
    coastal context and exploration of purposeful local initiatives to reduce competing
    interests that are currently depleting coastal and marine resources. Here the interests of
    the subsistence harvesters were fore-grounded in a local networked learning innovation
    (‘heritage, habitats and home-cooking’) innovation to enhance the value of resources
    harvested and thus to bring more income in/to the rural contexts of the study.
    Backpacker establishments as tourism brokers were identified as the networking hub to
    support the purposeful engagement of local resource harvesters toward sustainable
    resource use likely to reduce ecological impacts on a local level, hence ‘learning-tochange’.
    The two backpacker establishments and the community project that were dealt
    with already had community engagement track records but had yet to optimally integrate
    subsistence resource users in tourism and education activities that benefit them whilst
    reducing pressure on coastal resources. More awareness programs did not seem
    particularly fruitful, so a purposeful engagement of subsistence harvesters was
    undertaken to probe local change orientated learning and co-engagement using a
    community of practice approach that engaged the previously contesting groups in
    networked learning. Preliminary findings suggest that purposeful networked learning
    with tangible benefits has potential for developing the agency necessary for resolving the current paradox.

Accepted: 
  • Jun 22, 2010
URI: 
  • URI is in Icelandic http://hdl.handle.net/1946/5678


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