Davidson-Hunt I.J.. 2006. Adaptive learning networks: Developing resource management knowledge through social learning forums.. Human Ecology. 34(4)


Explores adaptive learning networks as a means of developing resource management knowledge through the vehicle of social learning

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This article draws from Indigenous knowledge literature and network theory, basing discussions and insights from work undertaken with the Anishinaabe First Nations in north-western Ontario. The article considers the representation of Indigenous knowledge in natural resource and environmental decision-making. It then uses network theory as a way to attempt the integration of diverse, cross-cultural knowledges with an adaptive, social learning process. Finally, an adaptive learning framework is proposed for representing diverse views of environmental change.


This article will be of particular interest to practitioners attempting to integrate indigenous knowledge within dominant learning approaches involving Western researchers and others. The influence of culture on adaptive learning is profound and not well represented in the adaptive management literature, apart from some notable exceptions. Practical thoughts and suggestions are offered which break down some entrenched assumptions about learning generally, and specifically as it relates to the interface of Indigenous ways of knowing and Western research approaches.