Social movements and environmental education research: a study on Brazilian theses and dissertations

Abstract: This paper seeks to investigate the relationship between social movements and Environmental Education (EE) in Brazilian theses and dissertations (TD) in EE. It is a state-of-the-art type of research. The development of the documentary corpus included the following steps: definition of search terms; floating reading of abstracts; definition of criteria for selection; search for and reading of the complete works and, finally, definition of the definitive documentary corpus, resulting in nine TDs for analysis. Studies have been identified that deal with the environmental movement, rural social movements and - less markedly - the feminist movement. The contributions of EE to the analyzed social movements and to social movements for the construction of EE in their critical perspective were recurrent. We hope that the construction of this knowledge will make it possible to strengthen relations between the research field of EA and social movements.