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Conhecimento, interdisciplinaridade e Psicologia Ambiental

Romice, Ombretta (2005) Conhecimento, interdisciplinaridade e Psicologia Ambiental. Psicologia Conductual, 16 (1-2). pp. 167-178. ISSN 0103-6564

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The author answers the questions: How should the methods of environmental psychology be discussed in an interdisciplinary framework?; Does environmental psychology require some special methodological approach?; How is environmental intervention determined by interdisciplinarity?; What are these disciplines and how do they relate to one another? - based on her professional experience as a consultant and as the supervisor of a project involving community, popular housing and social exclusion in many countries of Europe. She concludes that the approaches used by the different professions are very isolated, and that having common goals is not enough: joint training and identity of values are also necessary.