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ERIC Number: EJ1185409
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1536-3031
Solitary Spider Stories of 'Becoming Teachers Together': Knots Spun from an Arts-Based Research Project with a Garden
Ostertag, Julia
Issues in Teacher Education, v27 n2 p96-117 Sum 2018
The familiar figure of the teacher, alone in front of a classroom and enclosed by four walls, pervades what is possible in teacher education. What if we could decentre anthropocentric teaching practices and 'become teachers together' with other human and nonhuman teachers? Could a garden become a teacher? A plant? A spider? This article engages with these possibilities by reflecting on some difficult knots during the third phase of a site-specific installation series that was part of an arts-based research project with student teachers at The UBC Orchard Garden, a teaching and learning garden at the University of British Columbia. During this wintry phase of the project, the author spent three weeks in a basement student teachers' lounge spinning the flax fibres sown and grown at the garden into linen thread. While spinning, the author began to recognize that togetherness, particularly in the context of interrelated systemic oppression that includes colonialism and speciesism, also necessitates engaging with solitude and failure. Through photographs, narratives of spinning linen with a wooden drop spindle, and conversations with student teachers at the installation, this article is a knotted m├ętissage of solitary spider stories reflecting on urgent calls for multispecies social and environmental justice in teacher education, and how arts-based researchers, teacher educators, and environmental educators can grapple with togetherness both individually and collectively.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada