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South African Journal of Education

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SCHUDEL, Ingrid et al. Contextualising learning in Advanced Certificate in Education (Environmental Education) courses: synthesising contexts and experiences. S. Afr. j. educ. [online]. 2008, vol.28, n.4, pp. 543-559. ISSN 0256-0100.

We report on experiences in the Advanced Certificate in Education (Environmental Education) courses of two South African universities, namely, Rhodes University and the University of South Africa. We focus specifically on the whole school approaches which were influenced by a project between these two universities and Manchester Metropolitan University. We illustrate how contextual profiling influenced the perspective or entry point from which the whole school message was approached in the ACE (EE) courses. Through illustrative examples from these two courses, we report on two different approaches to contextual profiling, starting by problematising an approach that relies solely on a priori contextual profiling. We then illustrate how this approach can be complemented by contextual profiling within courses and within context through situated learning processes.

Keywords : contextual profiling; EE; situated learning; South Africa; whole school approach.

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