Animals “Я” Us: Egomorphism in/for Science and Environmental Education

In: Society & Animals
Rute Monteiro University of Algarve Portugal

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Giuliano Reis University of Ottawa Ontario Canada

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We argue for the notion of egomorphism as an inexorable discursive element in/for children’s interspecies encounters mediated by nature interpreters. We do so by examining the discourses of a public environmental educator in Canada and a dolphin trainer in a marine park in Portugal while mediating such pedagogical experiences. Our analytical work contributes to expanding the understanding of how human–nonhuman interactions can create opportunities in science and environmental education to disrupt the notion that humans are superior and therefore removed from other animals.

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