Book review: Taylor, C., and Luitel, B. C. (Eds.) (2019). Research as Transformative Learning for Sustainable Futures. Glocal Voices and Visions. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill Sense.
|Title||Book review: Taylor, C., and Luitel, B. C. (Eds.) (2019). Research as Transformative Learning for Sustainable Futures. Glocal Voices and Visions. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill Sense.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2019|
|Journal||Educational Journal of Living Theories|
|Type of Article||Book review|
The book is organised into five sections: Teaching & Learning Transformative Research; Contemplating Transformative Research Methods; Transforming Culturally Situated Selves; Envisioning Transformative Pedagogies; Sustaining Transformative Pedagogies. Whilst all 18 contributions, from inaugural members of the International Transformative Educational Research Network (ITERN) are well worth reading, it is the introduction by Luitel and Taylor that stands out for me as of most use to Living Theory researchers. My reason for saying this is that the Introduction, on ‘Research as transformative learning for sustainable futures’ supports the premise of the book that education for sustainable development is essential to help resolve our proliferating global crises, especially the worldwide decline in cultural diversity. Luitel and Taylor are professional educators and researchers in mathematics and science education. Hence their point that Western science and mathematics is too narrowly focused on the goal of economic development whilst turning a blind eye to the equally important sustainable development pillars of the natural environment and the culturally diverse social world