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Dissonance in social learning : towards maintenance of natural resources in the Kouga Catchment, South Africa

Draugelyte, E.

Titre : Dissonance in social learning : towards maintenance of natural resources in the Kouga Catchment, South Africa

Auteur : Draugelyte, E.

Université de soutenance : Wageningen University

Grade : Master of Science (MS) 2012

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This research analyses the role of dissonance in the initiation of the social learning process. Social learning is defined as the sharing of different knowledge regarding natural resource management (NRM). This type of learning may inspire a new way of thinking and acting which support the maintenance of natural resources. One of the main conditions in order to initiate the social learning process is dissonance. Dissonance refers to all differences among stakeholders’ knowledge regarding NRM. Therefore, understanding the characteristics of dissonance in the initiation of the social learning process is crucial. The research addresses dissonance from theoretical and empirical perspectives. First, the theoretical model of dissonance in the social learning process initiation was created. Second, the empirical research was done guided by this model. The theoretical model specifies that the degree of dissonance (high, optimal and low) determines the initiation of the social learning process. The optimal dissonance degree is necessary for the successful initiation of the social learning process. This degree refers to the situation when a variety of stakeholders’ knowledge supports a common goal concerning the maintenance of natural resources. Therefore, the degree of dissonance in the context of a common goal creation was the focus of the empirical research. The empirical research was conducted in the Kouga Catchment study area, South Africa.

Mots clés : knowledge / innovations / social learning / objectives / natural resources / resource management / stakeholders / south africa

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