Building a Socio-Environmental Pedagogy with the Help of ATLAS.ti

March 15, 2017

In this case study article we interview Maria New Valero Avendaño, a professor and doctoral student at the Universidad de Zulia, Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela. She tells us about a study on environmental education in which she is using ATLAS.ti.

Hello Maria, tell us a little bit about you.

I have been teaching on topics related to environmental education for more than 15 years. My research is in the area of curriculum development, community participation and pedagogical strategies. I work at the Universidad Experimental de Guayana (UNEG). At the university, I am involved with the Center for Research on Environmental Management and Sustainable Development (CIGADS), in particular on research related to environmental education.

Tell us a about the research in which you are using ATLAS.ti.

The purpose of the study (which is my dissertation) is to construct environmental education knowledge in order to: a) characterize the educational policy guidelines on environmental education (EA) and education for sustainability (ESD); b) analyze development models from the perspective of production cycles and material economics within the framework of the educational policies of the Venezuelan educational system; c) to contrast the epistemological approaches of pedagogy to the environment as well as how it articulates with the challenges of the educational system; and d) to define the guidelines of a socio-environmental pedagogy contextualized according to local potentialities. We will analyze secondary data using ATLAS.ti and following a grounded theory methodological approach (according to Strauss and Corbin). The results will help create a proposal for a pedagogy that integrates the theoretical references of environmental education for sustainability, educational policies in environmental matters, and the voice of actors of the educational system, productive system and social system of the Venezuelan Guayana bio-region.

Would you like to say a few final words?

I used ATLAS.ti for the first time in 2007, in a seminar in qualitative methodology. At that time, I was able to appreciate the the usefulness of the software.  Now, finally, I will use ATLAS.ti in my dissertation, which published later.