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M.Ed Teaching and Learning program graduate, Princess Daazhraii Johnson to be published.
Princess Daazhraii Johnson is graduating this spring from the M.Ed Teaching and Learning program. The program requires students to complete a comprehensive portfolio that includes a research project addressing a relevant problem of practice. Ms. Johnson's met this requirement by exploring ethical youth consumerism in Alaska and implications for transforming Alaskan education--see title, abstract, and biography information below. Dr. Michael Mueller served as faculty advisor on the research project. Ms. Johnson's manuscript will appear in a book to be published in late summer or fall 2017.
Towards Ethical Youth Consumerism in Alaska: The Transformation of Alaskan Education and a Viable Transition Off Fossil Fuels and the Consumer Pipeline
Princess Daazhraii Johnson
Abstract: This chapter explores an educational philosophy that incorporates lessons on ethical youth consumerism and our connections to one another as human beings and to the land and animals where we live. This philosophy is a crucial component in finding the solutions we need so desperately in Alaska and around the world to ensure a healthy planet for future generations. It addresses Alaska’s over-reliance on fossil fuels, rapid changes due to anthropogenic climate change, and our unconscious hyper-consumerism that have created serious social, economic, and environmental issues. Here, I examine the history of damage caused by the assimilationist policies of the United States, the capitalist focus on the individual over the community, and how our own unrecognized oppression might help foster a “just transition” away from fossil fuels. By harnessing the unleashed potential of our youth, we could together find ways of being that are more in line with the traditional Alaska Native values of zero waste and total respect for our ecosystems.
Publication citation:Johnson, P. (2017). Towards ethical youth consumerism in Alaska: The transformation of Alaskan education and a viable transition off fossil fuels and the consumer pipeline. In G. Reis, M. Mueller, R. Gisewhite, L. Siveres & R. Brito (Eds.)., Sociocultural perspectives on youth ethical consumerism (p. 00-00). Dordrecht: Springer.
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