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dc.contributor.advisorMannion, Gregory-
dc.contributor.advisorHennessy, Alison-
dc.contributor.authorRuck, Andrew-
dc.description.abstractThis thesis explores young people’s lived experience of the Polli:Nation project – a UK-wide, school-linked environmental education initiative engaging young people in the creation and monitoring of pollinator-friendly habitats in their school grounds. Two inter-connected aims run through this research: firstly, to explore the “curriculum making” processes enabled by young people’s participation in Polli:Nation activities and, secondly, to gain young people’s own perspectives on the significant activities and features within the project. A qualitative and broadly ethnographic study, this research began with participant-observation in twelve schools participating in Polli:Nation. Twenty focus groups were then carried out with participating pupils. All data were analysed primarily using Situational Analysis. Drawing upon new materialist theories, this thesis highlights a unique approach that served to re-orient these methods, creating a unique “research assemblage”. It also, however, reflects upon the challenges that emerged when attempting to accommodate the ontological shifts demanded by these theories. Four overarching findings are drawn from this research. Firstly, Polli:Nation demonstrated the value of “co-produced” curricula that bring together people and organisations from outside the school system, more-than-human elements, and young people themselves. Secondly, young people valued the informality that characterised participation in practical conservation and citizen science, even as these were brought into formal education contexts. Thirdly, whilst the project was framed by a somewhat anthropocentric “stewardship” perspective, young people’s lived experience indicated a form of “collective thinking” with other species that appeared to stem from practical tasks, contingent moments, and encounters with other species. Finally, using methods sensitive to new materialist theories demonstrated that key features within Polli:Nation identified by young people gained greater importance from their relations with other such features. While pointing to the highly situated nature of young people’s experience of the project, these relations also highlight the synergies that were created when these features were combined.en_GB
dc.publisherUniversity of Stirlingen_GB
dc.subjectenvironmental educationen_GB
dc.subjectcitizen scienceen_GB
dc.subjectnew materialismsen_GB
dc.subject.lcshEnvironmental educationen_GB
dc.subject.lcshEnvironmental education Activity programsen_GB
dc.subject.lcshPollinators Conservationen_GB
dc.subject.lcshEducation Great Britain Curriculaen_GB
dc.subject.lcshCitizenship Study and teaching Great Britainen_GB
dc.titleCo-producing Curricula: Young People’s Lived Experience of School-linked Practical Conservation and Citizen Scienceen_GB
dc.typeThesis or Dissertationen_GB
dc.type.qualificationnameDoctor of Philosophyen_GB
dc.rights.embargoreasonTime required to write articles based on the thesis.en_GB
dc.contributor.funderHeritage Lottery Fund, University of Stirlingen_GB
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