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dc.contributor.advisorMcKenzie, Marcia
dc.creatorMcRuer, Jennifer Kent 1980-
dc.date.accessioned2017-08-23T22:00:38Z
dc.date.available2017-08-23T22:00:38Z
dc.date.created2017-10
dc.date.issued2017-08-23
dc.date.submittedOctober 2017
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10388/8041
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation affirms the importance of explicitly and politically attending to place in research. Taking up such a critical inquiry of place, I facilitate a participatory and action-oriented approach through Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) and methods of photovoice and participatory mapping. This approach engaged six youth living in Isla Grande, Colombia, to co-investigate the significance of biocultural place relationships to their lives. This focus supports their community’s efforts toward sustainable development and self-determination of ancestral territories alongside a National Park and Marine Protected Area. Emphasizing place in research conceptualization, orientation, approach, design, and practice, we achieved the following objectives: (1) to explore youths’ relationships with place through critical place inquiry by supporting their role as co-researchers using a YPAR approach; (2) to encourage youth-led inquiry with place related to their experiences and understandings of well-being and sustainability in ancestral territory places; and (3) to assess and mobilize youth perspectives on place significance, based on biocultural interdependence. Through analysis, this dissertation offers practical insight on the relevance of a biocultural framework to discern interdependent and evolving place relationships. Resultant findings illustrate youths’ biocultural relations using a UNESCO-sCBD framework in terms of how language; material culture; knowledge, technology, innovations, and improvisations; social and economic relations; beliefs; and values are interconnected with biodiversity. These relations are discussed in connection with youths’ understandings of well-being and sustainability. Local implications of this research include applying a biocultural framework to support formal education and livelihood diversification, and encouraging youth participation in community efforts toward sustainable development. Broad implications for protected areas include how a biocultural framework can inform governance decisions based on the knowledge, values, and interests of local communities to protect both nature and culture. Implications for future research include: going "beyond the research" to capture the daily lives of youth through mobile approaches; building on participatory approaches to facilitate intergenerational learning and exchange; expanding on economic relations to support biocultural heritage innovations; and supporting collaborative processes among diverse place actors through the development of biocultural indicators
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dc.subjectEducation for Sustainable Development
dc.subjectCommunity-led Conservation
dc.subjectPlace
dc.subjectParticipatory and Action-Oriented Methodologies
dc.subjectYouth Voice
dc.subjectCollective Biocultural Heritage
dc.subjectBuen Vivir
dc.subjectRegenerative Development
dc.titleBIOCULTURAL PLACES FOR TRANSFORMATIVE COMMUNITIES AND PROTECTED AREAS: CRITICAL PLACE INQUIRY AND YOUTH PARTICIPATORY ACTION RESEARCH IN COLOMBIA
dc.typeThesis
dc.date.updated2017-08-23T22:00:38Z
thesis.degree.departmentEducational Foundations
thesis.degree.disciplineEducational Foundations
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Saskatchewan
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
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dc.contributor.committeeMemberWilson, Alex
dc.contributor.committeeMemberMiller, Dianne
dc.contributor.committeeMemberWalker, Ryan
dc.contributor.committeeMemberDunlop, Andrew
dc.creator.orcid0000-0003-4695-5905


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