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Record number 435460
Title An analysis of the methodological underpinnings of social learning research in natural resource Management
Author(s) Rodela, R.; Cundill, G.; Wals, A.E.J.
Source Ecological Economics 77 (2012)5. - ISSN 0921-8009 - p. 16 - 26.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2012.02.032
Department(s) Laboratory of Geo-information Science and Remote Sensing
Education and Competence Studies
WASS
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2012
Keyword(s) post-normal science - ecological economics - public-participation - complex-systems - sustainability - perspective - pluralism - valuation
Abstract This analysis is focused on research that uses a social learning approach to study natural resource issues. We map out the prevailing epistemological orientation of social learning research through the de-construction of the methodological choices reported in current social learning literature. Based on an analysis of 54 empirical investigations of social learning and natural resources published after peer review, we investigated aspects of research design that include data collection methods, evidence types and the researcher's role. We consider these against different research-orientations (positivist, interpretive, critical, and post-normal). We discuss which research-orientation appears most congruent with the overall commitment and premises of social learning studies. In line with initial expectations this study shows that positivist stances are hardly present, however research that follows a postnormal approach is less frequent than initially assumed. Instead, findings suggest that researchers using a social learning perspective to study resource issues tend to choose methodologies that allow for in-depth descriptions, for meaning making and enquiry as a form of action.
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