AN INVESTIGATION OF COMMUNITY LEARNING THROUGH PARTICIPATION IN INTEGRATED WATER RESOURCE MANAGEMENT PRACTICES

Charles Phiri was a Masters student at the Environmental Learning Research Centre, Rhodes University, working on this first research project on knowledge, mediation and learning. He did his fieldwork during the first year of the WRC project K5/2017. One of our questions around learning was understanding how communities learn in their day to day lives. How do people share knowledge amongst themselves and how do they access new knowledge and integrate this into their daily practices. This is what Charles Phiri investigated for us.

Charles writes:

“I discovered, through careful observation and interviews with members of the different communities of practice, that people are learning through social learning interactions with other community members as they engage in their daily water management and food production practices. Learning interactions take place through both informal and formal processes such as meetings, training workshops, conversations and interactions with outsiders. I also discovered that people learn from ‘external groups’ or training programmes which bring new knowledge and expertise, but this needs to be contextualised in the local communities of practice.” (pg i)

Please reference this work as: Phiri, C. 2011. PARTICIPATION IN INTEGRATED WATER RESOURCE MANAGEMENT PRACTICES. Unpublished Masters Thesis. Rhodes University: Grahamstown.

To access Charles Phiri’s full thesis, please click on the image below.

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