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John Rafferty currently works at Charles Sturt University, Faculty of Science School of Environmental Science. John does research in Environmental Education, Community Engagement and Environmental Justice. His most recent publication is 'The emerging field of rural environmental justice studies in Australia: Reflections from an environmental community engagement program'.
This article provides insights from a recent community engagement and research program of relevance to the emerging rural environmental justice field in Australia. Following a brief summation of the Australian policy context, we review health, education, social science and environmental scholarship, which indicate few studies have been undertaken e...
The purpose of this paper is to investigate the work stories of four principals as they implement a neo-liberal school reform program in their schools. Work stories were defined as explanatory frameworks the principals used to explore the effects of the program. The work stories included several sub-themes, story lines. Discourse analysis was used...
This article discusses the nature, power and effects of neo-liberal rationale in educational settings. By introducing discourse analysis of two cases, the influence of neo-liberal ideology on contemporary curricula and school programs were examined. The analysis showed that dominant discourses based on neo-liberal rationale presented themselves as...
This paper explores the observations and perceptions of school children as they engage with nature through place based environmental experiences. The paper reports on two projects, one based in the USA and the other in Australia, designed to promote understanding of sustainability through outdoor interventions. While the interventions share common...
As emerging Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) are increasinglly being engaged as pedagogical tools, the role of traditional academic values might be overlooked. This chapter highlights some of the challenges faced by educators as they reconcile their own pedagogical reasoning with the engagement opportunities presented through ICTs. It...
This chapter explores the environmentally sensitive design characteristics of Charles Sturt University's Albury Wodonga campus and the outdoor learning spaces it provides. Attention will be given to exploring how the holistic and integrated nature of the campus and the environmental functionality of the site provide unique opportunities for learnin...