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A systems approach to embedding sustainability in teacher education. A presentation by Bob Stevenson and Snowy Evans, JCU, 30th April, 2015.
The teacher education group was fortunate to have Bob and Snowy giving us an overview of the OLT research project they have been involved with over several years with colleagues, Jo Ferreria and Julie Davis. This presentation is a precursor to their workshops that will be held around Australia in the next few months.
CLICK HERE to view presentation
Who is in this Hub?
The attached document contains a list of people who have either participated in the first hub meeting or have expressed interest in this hub. Their contact emails and phone numbers are included so that people can readily contact each other.
If your name is on this list and you would like it deleted please contact Alison Lugg firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Teacher Education Hub Meeting
The first online meeting was held at 3pm on Friday March 6th, 2015 to discuss how and why we wanted to participate in the teacher education interest group. The meeting was hosted by La Trobe University and coordinated by Josephine Lang (Deakin University). Lots of great ideas were put forward by those who participated. These are listed in the meeting summary below the video.
For now you can watch the video recording of the discussion:
Teacher Education Hub Meeting 1 Summary (by Josephine Lang)
Finding the shared focus for the Teacher Education Hub
After sharing our interests and hopes for the Teacher Education Hub, the common theme was the desire to collaborate. Consequently, the purpose of the Teacher Education Hub is:
To facilitate opportunities to collaborate with those interested in Teacher Education, which is defined broadly across the sectors from early childhood education, primary and secondary schooling, and tertiary education. Three key elements of collaboration were identified:
- share our practice with each other and find people working in similar areas/contexts
- learn from each other
Facilitating our collaborative activities
In addition, there was discussion about the need to ensure that we have a dynamic and active website that has the capacity to act as a conduit for communication between members of the Teacher Education Hub and support the work of members as they collaborate. Ideas for the functionality of the website included:
- to allow each member to create their own profile to support networking
- being generative to share practices/ideas/ research eg something akin to the functionality of a Facebook page – or if can’t find something like this – develop a Facebook page
- act as a repository to collect ideas & practices (this includes to add/ contribute to the Handbook to support Tertiary Educators)
- act as an active ‘noticeboard’ of upcoming related/significant EfS events, particularly conferences, upcoming special editions of journals
- to network with others when attending a related conference by having the ability to find out who else from the Hub membership is going; have like a ‘registering’ function available on the site to let people know who’s going to what & sharing papers etc (eg WEEC 2015 in Gothenburg).
- to provide a blended learning approach: use the web based technology to develop Communities of Practice, supported by opportunities to meet face-to-face as they arise (eg catching up at a conference; a regional event) and may include strategies such as:
- able to have ‘live chats’ for synchronous discussions
- members share their expertise/experience (e.g. 10-15min presentation) followed up with Q&A to facilitate sharing and learning on a regular basis (e.g. monthly)
- invite guest speakers on themes members are interested in to support professional learning and development in the area of EfS in Teacher Education
Jo Ferreira_ Teacher Education Hub, Tertiary EfS Symposium, 15.10.14
In this video clip Jo Ferreira (Griffith University) summarises the key issues and questions for teacher educators in Australia. Jo explains the range of networks available to tertiary teacher educators and the benefits of networking. She emphasises the need to develop coherent teacher education programmes rather than the ‘patches of green’ that currently exist. She highlights the need for system-based change in tertiary education institutions and asks how this network will relate to other teacher education networks interested in EfS. What is the main purpose of this network and how do networks work best?
CLICK HERE to view the video.
CLICK HERE to see the research presentations from the UWS Sustainability Symposium, June 2014.
CLICK HERE to link to recent research reports and guidelines for embedding EfS in teacher education programmes.