The Contribution of Reflective Writing to Ecological Awareness at the H.I. Andrews Experimental Forest

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Title: The Contribution of Reflective Writing to Ecological Awareness at the H.I. Andrews Experimental Forest
Author: Hoshaw, Robert M., 1983-
Abstract: This thesis examines the Long-Term Ecological Reflections at H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest, Oregon, a project that promotes creative inquiry at an ecological research station. I analyze how reflective writing contributes to a deeper understanding of ecosystem processes and fosters a closer connection to nature, referred to as "ecological awareness." I argue that the greatest ecological awareness comes from a combination of scientific and artistic ways of knowing as well as physical immersion in nature. I critically analyze the work of four writers: Jane Coffey, Vicki Graham, Freeman House, and Robin Kimmerer. These works create a strong connection to place for the reader and facilitate an understanding of the forest ecosystem through a discussion of scientific facts. They also create a sense of place through vivid and metaphorical language. These reflections will become an increasingly valuable mode of inquiry as the Andrews Forest develops a stronger writer-scientists interaction.
Description: ix, 94 p. : ill. A print copy of this thesis is available through the UO Libraries. Search the library catalog for the location and call number.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1794/9872
Date: 2009-06


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