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Patrick Duncumb’s Thesis on EcoDysgu

Thesis can be downloaded here

This research takes the form of a descriptive case study whose focus is an educational project serving a suburban community in South Wales. An intrinsic interest in the particularities of the work of EcoDysgu-EcoLearn provided the context for an exploration of several issues related to children’s and young people’s education. The objectives of the research were firstly to explicate the theoretical model that informs the educational practice of the project, and secondly to explore EcoDysgu’s potential for creating transformative learning experiences for young people (with particular reference to those considered “hard to reach”).

The data examined included project records and documents and stakeholder correspondence. In addition, a month of fieldwork yielded first-hand observations of six workshops and interviews with project founder Julie Lyddon and various staff members and volunteers. The theoretical framework guiding the description and interpretation was derived essentially from three sources: the educational philosophy of Maria Montessori and Rudolf Steiner; recent educational research literature addressing the needs of disadvantaged young people; and the thinking of two contemporary authors, physicist Fritjof Capra and environmental lobbyist/academic Stephen Sterling.