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

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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.

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

in Society & Animals



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    Left: Anna (interpreter) points to the dolphin’s right eye while talking to Victor ( forefront). Right: Victor slightly tilts his body to the right to observe the dolphin’s right eye.
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    Left: Anna (interpreter) touches the dolphin’s fins to specify that her talk is directed to that part of the animal’s body. Right: Anna turns her palms up to create an analogy between her hands and the dolphin’s fins. (Note that a number of students keep their hands on the dolphin.)
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    The dolphin (Zeus) opens his mouth so that the interpreter (Anna) can show his teeth to the children.
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    Left: Anna is pointing to the fingerprints of the dolphin. Right: Rui is touching his thumb with the index finger (see arrow).


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