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Civic EcologyAdaptation and Transformation from the Ground Up$
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Marianne E. Krasny and Keith G. Tidball

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780262028653

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262028653.001.0001

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Learning like Bees

Learning like Bees

(p.115) 7 Learning like Bees
Civic Ecology

Marianne E. Krasny

Keith G. Tidball

The MIT Press

When people engage in civic ecology practices, they have multiple opportunities to learn about the environment and their community--about ecological processes and social processes. The notion of social learning—or learning through interaction with others—captures one type of learning in civic ecology practices. In addition, civic ecology stewards learn through interacting with the environment. For example, through measuring the survival and mortality of trees they have planted, civic ecology stewards may learn about effective tree planting practices. What one learns depends on the match between an individual’s skillset and the environment and community that surround that individual. The term “ecology of learning” captures the idea of learning that occurs through multiple interactions between the learner and his/her surroundings. Through these interactions not only does the individual learn or change, the environment surrounding the learner may also be altered.

Keywords:   Learning, Social learning, Honey bee communication, Bee dance, Rocking the Boat, Reef ball, Ecology of learning

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