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Transition Practices: Education for Sustainable Development in Ecotourism
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

There is a globally acknowledged urgency for mankind to transition toward sustainability. Empowering people to make sound assessments is the basis for desirable transitions. ‘Education for sustainable development’ (ESD) is an interdisciplinary learning process advancing knowledge, understanding and action for sustainability. To encourage sustainability transitions ESD needs to be personal and place-specific. One platform provisioning for such learning is ‘ecotourism’, where participants have a heightened sense of self, others and the environment. Hence a practice incorporating ESD into ecotourism is investigated in this thesis, to determine whether the setting would be propitious for fostering sustainability transitions. The pertinent sustainability concepts are assessed, and ‘social practice theory’ is utilized in a case study. The approach of social practice theory was preferable, as it holds the assumption that people are able to act in relation to collective cultural activities rather than in immediate responses to internal or environmental events. The effect of ESD in ecotourism is analyzed through observations and unstructured interviews conducted in a case-study in Turkey – Narköy, which is a hotel, organic farm and educational facility. The findings imply that through social practice, pro-environmental transitions can be encouraged and strengthened, with the provisions of having freedom for learning, social interaction, connection with nature, tangible activities and inclusive approach.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 31 p.
Examensarbete vid Institutionen för geovetenskaper, ISSN 1650-6553 ; 267
Keyword [en]
Sustainable Development, Systems Thinking, Transitions Management, Ecotourism, ESD, Social Practice Theory
National Category
Other Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-260689OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-260689DiVA: diva2:848020
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Sustainable development
Educational program
Master Programme in Sustainable Development
2015-06-03, Geocentrum, Villavägen 16, Uppsala, 13:17 (English)
Available from: 2015-08-24 Created: 2015-08-23 Last updated: 2015-08-24Bibliographically approved

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