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ERIC Number: EJ1108084
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1691-4147
The Journey towards a Teacher's Ecological Self: A Case Study of a Student Teacher
Raus, Rea; Falkenberg, Thomas
Journal of Teacher Education for Sustainability, v16 n2 p103-114 2014
Transforming our educational systems to support sustainable development is a challenge that involves all levels of education--policy, curriculum and pedagogical practice. One critical dimension to look at is a teacher's identity as it influences a teacher's decision-making, behaviour, and action. The ecological self is the concept that is used in the context of sustainability. This paper discusses the emerging ecological self of one student teacher during her initial teacher education programme. The concepts of the teacher's self and the ecological self form a lens through which the story of this student teacher is examined. The paper focuses on one part of a broader, longitudinal study of student teachers and their understanding of pedagogy and connectedness with nature in the context of the need for reorienting teacher education towards sustainability. Sterling's (2001) conceptual framework of ecological view on education is taken as a tool to analyse the collected data. The results indicate that deep connectedness to nature and empathy are framing the holistic view on learning, teaching, and a teacher's self.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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