Sustainable development in the Brazilian Amazon: Meanings and concepts




The Amazon, sustainable development, social representations, environmental education policies


Social, political and economic relationships in the Amazon are mediated by nature and government policies, programs, and regulations, including environmental education policies, which have disseminated the concept of sustainable development in over recent years. Based on these elements, this study explores the social representations that give meaning to the concept of sustainable development among elementary teachers in the Amazon region. Adopting an ethnographic approach and drawing on the theory of social representations, we conducted a qualitative descriptive study with 121 teachers with a degree in pedagogy using questionnaires, group discussions and participant observation. The findings show that nature, environmental problems and Amazon culture exert a strong influence on representations of the concept of sustainable development.


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Author Biography

Francisca Marli Rodrigues de Andrade, Universidade Federal Fluminense – UFF/Brazil

Professor in the area of health and the environment on the Interdisciplinary Degree in Rural Education and Post-graduate Teaching Program (Universidade Federal Fluminense – Department of Human Sciences). Awarded a PhD in Education, Culture, Sustainability and Development by the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Collaborator in national and international research networks and member of UFF’s Permanent Commission on Sustainability.



How to Cite

Andrade, F. M. R. de. (2020). Sustainable development in the Brazilian Amazon: Meanings and concepts. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 28, 187.




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