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An exploration of sustainability change agents as facilitators of nonformal learning: mapping a moving and intertwined landscape

Katrien Van Poeck UGent, Jeppe Læssøe and Thomas Block UGent (2017) ECOLOGY AND SOCIETY. 22(2).
abstract
We explore the variety of ways in which change agents try to contribute to sustainable development and how, by doing so, they enable different forms of learning. Drawing on research literature as well as empirical studies, we distinguish a diversity of change agency roles. We then describe and develop an ideal typology of change agents according to how they relate to two fields of tension: that between instrumental vs. open-ended approaches to change and learning, and that between personal detachment vs. involvement. Finally, we compare the developed ideal types, i.e., Technician, Convincer, Mediator, and Concerned Explorer, with empirical examples and suggest a dynamic reading of the typology as a landscape in which change agents move between and across different positions according to changing and shifting contexts.
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journalArticle (original)
publication status
published
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keyword
change agents, ideal typology, nonformal learning, sustainability, transition
journal title
ECOLOGY AND SOCIETY
volume
22
issue
2
article number
33
pages
12 pages
ISSN
1708-3087
DOI
10.5751/ES-09308-220233
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
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A1
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8524031
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-8524031
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2017-06-16 07:59:38
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2017-06-19 09:24:22
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  keyword      = {change agents,ideal typology,nonformal learning,sustainability,transition},
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Chicago
Van Poeck, Katrien, Jeppe Læssøe , and Thomas Block. 2017. “An Exploration of Sustainability Change Agents as Facilitators of Nonformal Learning: Mapping a Moving and Intertwined Landscape .” Ecology and Society 22 (2).
APA
Van Poeck, K., Læssøe , J., & Block, T. (2017). An exploration of sustainability change agents as facilitators of nonformal learning: mapping a moving and intertwined landscape . ECOLOGY AND SOCIETY, 22(2).
Vancouver
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Van Poeck K, Læssøe J, Block T. An exploration of sustainability change agents as facilitators of nonformal learning: mapping a moving and intertwined landscape . ECOLOGY AND SOCIETY. 2017;22(2).
MLA
Van Poeck, Katrien, Jeppe Læssøe , and Thomas Block. “An Exploration of Sustainability Change Agents as Facilitators of Nonformal Learning: Mapping a Moving and Intertwined Landscape .” ECOLOGY AND SOCIETY 22.2 (2017): n. pag. Print.