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Towards a teacher education for the Anthropocene

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnvisioning Futures for Environmental and Sustainability Education
EditorsPeter Corcoran, Joseph Weakland, Arjen Wals
Publisher or commissioning bodyWageningen Academic Publishers
Pages73-85
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9789086868469
ISBN (Print)9789086863037
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DateAccepted/In press - 2016
DateE-pub ahead of print - 8 Feb 2017
DatePublished (current) - 2017

Abstract

This chapter is co-written by a team of experienced pre-service teacher educators in one university in the UK (at the time of writing). Together, we are re-envisioning what it means to be teacher educators in a time of increasing global connectedness and apparent impending global crises. We look to the future of sustainability education in relation to working with pre-service teachers and consider potential futures and opportunities for our practice, resisting the temptation to offer sets of skills as a desired ‘end’ for teacher education. Rather, this chapter exemplifies the principle of engaging with the idea of the Anthropocene as a mechanism to shift our teacher education practice towards a deeper entanglement with sustainability, starting from a subject perspective. We use history, science and mathematics as examples here but challenges apply equally to the contributions and perspectives of other subjects. The concept of the Anthropocene provides a trigger for us, as professionals, to open ourselves to re-examining our practice of teacher education. We conclude that a future of uncertainty and crisis calls for open-ness to the new and re-examination of the present to become a continual process, part of our way of being in the world as educators.

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