Jean Kayira

Core Faculty
Department of Environmental Studies

Courses Taught

Antioch University New England

Fall 2013

ES 605: Citizen Participation & Sustainable Communities 

Environmental issues feature scientific uncertainty and complexity, as well as diverse stakeholder values. As conservationists, resource managers, educators and advocates, how can we effectively engage citizens in the process of creating environmentally healthy, culturally rich, and economically strong communities through collective decision making and actions? This course combines theory and practice to increase students’ understanding of sustainable community development; citizen participation; collaboration; scientific, local, practical and indigenous knowledge; and analytic-deliberative processes. We will analyze case studies in conservation and sustainability from around the world to illustrate and critique theoretical concepts. In addition, students will develop practical skills in specific methods of citizen engagement.

ES 728: Research Strategy II

Qualitative inquiry has unique capacity to describe social behavior and process, uncover causal linkages, interpret meaning and significance, and build robust, empirical theory. Doing qualitative research involves more than mastering technical aspects of methods. It also requires grounding methodological decisions in a theoretical perspective and engaging ethical and political dimensions of doing research with others in social settings. This course offers an introduction to qualitative inquiry as it applies to environmental studies and related phenomena. It explores the theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of particular traditions (e.g., ethnography, grounded theory, case studies, participatory research, Indigenous methodology research) and builds practical competence with specific research skills (e.g., interviews, observation, field notes, analysis). Additional contact hours will be met by specific course work designed to be completed online.

University of Saskatchewan

Summer 2013

EFDT 885: Investigations in Culture and Environment

The course seeks to encourage thoughtful and critical engagement with a range of literatures and experiences related to what it means to develop understandings and actions concerned with the ecological. Through exploring a breadth and diversity of sources in areas such as cultural geography, sociology, philosophy, postcolonial studies, environmental justice, the arts, and education; participants develop more in-depth and comprehensive understandings of related fields of inquiry and of how their research and practice can build on and into this existing work.

Winter 2013


EFDT 435: Critical Perspectives in Educational Thought and Values

The course encourages deepening understandings of learning and teaching, and of the complex roles schools and teachers play in society and in the lives of learners.

Summer 2011

EFDT 478: Urban Education


The course focuses on how urban experiential and community-based learning can contribute to both personal and educational decolonization and re-inhabitation in relation to social and ecological justice issues in a local urban context.