Search results for: Ecology
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Being a student, becoming a teacher: The wellbeing of pre-service language teachers in Austria and the UK
This paper reports on a study designed to investigate the wellbeing of 14 pre-service language teachers from Austria and the UK. Data were generated through in-depth semi-structured interviews which were analysed following principles of Grounded Theory (Charmaz, 2006). The data were compared across the two settings and the analysis revealed a number of individual but also systemic ecological factors that play a role in the pre-service teachers’ wellbeing. These factors include time management, work-life balance, relationships, finding purpose and meaning, the structure of study programs, as well as the status of teaching and the specific language in each respective society.
Updated: Feb. 08, 2022
In the post-COVID context, individuals, communities and cultures are learning to change their ways of living in response to the challenges that the Anthropocene poses for human security and the biosphere. In this artice Alex Lautensach claims that only if teachers are adequately empowered can curricula be sufficiently repurposed towards Deep Adaptation and its agenda of resilience, relinquishment and restoration. The author suggests that teachers must learn to critically analyse their curriculum, including its hidden and null elements. The agenda for this transformative education are subsumed under six overarching aims: redefine progress as achieving sustainability; replace anthropocentrism with ecocentrism; remedy skill gaps; reorient education towards the future; eliminate parochialism from education; and empower learners to take action. Teachers will need to develop multicultural skills and non-violent ideals, transcending possible boundaries and predispositions imposed by their own native cultural environment.
Updated: Jun. 14, 2020
The authors argue that it is crucial to prepare early childhood teachers to create high-quality environments that facilitate the development of all children. The Early Childhood Ecology Scale-Revised (ECES-R) has been developed as a reflective tool to help early childhood teacher candidates examine their beliefs concerning classroom ecology. The authors posit that the ECES-R identifies five dimensions that promote a high-quality, culturally responsive classroom ecology. These dimensions include the sociocognitive, sociocultural, sociolinguistic, socioemotional, and sociophysical dimensions.
Updated: Dec. 30, 2012
In this article, the authors report on the successes and challenges of integrating their ITEST projects into one particular pre-service teacher education course designed for students from a range of disciplines and backgrounds. The authors found that as students’ understanding of the content improved, and their belief that they can use technology in their own teaching.
Updated: Feb. 08, 2012
The Role of Action Research in Transforming Teacher Identity: Modes of Belonging and Ecological Perspectives
Using data from a three-year action research project, the author examines how action research may be used to promote and support teacher identity construction and reconstruction. More specifically, the author examines how modes of belonging were enacted in teacher-centred action research communities of practice. As well, an ecological perspective is adopted to provide insight into how teachers’ identities are formed and reformed in the context of teacher-centred action research.
Updated: Jun. 29, 2010
Teacher education as or for social and ecological transformation: place-based reflections on local and global participatory methods and collaborative practices
The article describes two social and ecological transformation teacher education projects in Canada. The projects utilized the 'critical place-based' transformative teacher education program agenda. The studies were directed at several questions regarding the critical place-based approaches, and their relationships to the United Nation's Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (UNDESD).
Updated: Dec. 25, 2007