New Eden: Mediating pre-service teachers’ conceptualisations of Education for Sustainable Development

Myers, Debbie (2021) New Eden: Mediating pre-service teachers’ conceptualisations of Education for Sustainable Development. In: Science and Drama: Contemporary and creative approaches to teaching and learning. Springer, Germany. (In Press)

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In this chapter the author examines the use of Mantle of the Expert (Heathcote & Bolton, 1995) as a model of integrated curriculum design for pre-service teachers (PSTs), so they can deliver pedagogical approaches enabling their pupils to think critically about the impact of their lifestyles on the environment. Drawing on the pedagogy of dramatic inquiry (Heathcote & Bolton, 1995), primary teacher educators positioned PST’s as a range of experts, working for the fictitious “Waste Not Want Not Company”. In these roles, PSTs gained insights concerning the interplay between environmental, economic and social aspects of sustainable development (Colucci-Gray, Camino, Barbiero & Gray, 2006). As naturalists they mapped habitats within a forest setting; as recreations officers they identified possible social and educational uses of the forest; as scientists they analysed water quality; as planners they considered the development of a settlement New Eden, and as agentic environmental advocates they prepared delegate materials for a World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development. Using these approaches, teacher educators simultaneously provided PST’s with a model of integrated curriculum design for subsequent emulation on their school-based placements.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dramatic inquiry, Education for Sustainable Development, Primary Pre-service Teachers, Teacher Education
Subjects: L300 Sociology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2021 13:45
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2021 13:34

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