A systematic review of the deployment of indigenous knowledge systems towards climate change adaptation in developing world contexts: implications for climate change education

Mbah, M. ORCID: 0000-0002-4199-0819, Ajaps, S. ORCID: 0000-0003-2298-6897 and Molthan-Hill, P. ORCID: 0000-0002-4425-1800, 2021. A systematic review of the deployment of indigenous knowledge systems towards climate change adaptation in developing world contexts: implications for climate change education. Sustainability, 13 (9): 4811. ISSN 2071-1050

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Abstract

Countries in the developing world are increasingly vulnerable to climate change effects and have a lesser capacity to adapt. Consideration can be given to their indigenous knowledge systems for an integrated approach to education, one which is more holistic and applicable to their context. This paper presents a systematic review of the indigenous knowledge systems (IKSs) deployed for climate change adaptation in the developing world and advances implications for climate change education. A set of inclusion criteria was used to screen publications derived from two databases and grey literature searches, and a total of 39 articles constituted the final selection. Postcolonial theory’s lens was applied to the review of the selected publications to highlight indigenous people’s agency, despite IKSs’ marginalization through colonial encounters and the ensuing epistemic violence. The categories of social adaptation, structural adaptation, and institutional adaptation emerged from the IKS-based climate change adaptation strategies described in the articles, with social adaptation being the most recurrent. We discussed how these strategies can be employed to decolonise climate change education through critical, place-based, participatory, and holistic methodologies. The potential outcome of this is a more relatable and effective climate change education in a developing world context.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Sustainability
Creators: Mbah, M., Ajaps, S. and Molthan-Hill, P.
Publisher: MDPI
Date: 25 April 2021
Volume: 13
Number: 9
ISSN: 2071-1050
Identifiers:
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10.3390/su13094811DOI
1434365Other
Rights: © 2021 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Schools > Nottingham Institute of Education
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 29 Apr 2021 14:06
Last Modified: 31 May 2021 15:03
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/42782

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