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Walking the walk: democratizing change in teacher education


Beasy, K and Hunter, MA and Hicks, D and Pullen, D and Brett, P and Thomas, D and Reaburn, R and Baker, W and Fan, F and Cruickshank, V and Stephenson, E and Hatisaru, V, Walking the walk: democratizing change in teacher education, Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 21, (4) pp. 195-205. ISSN 1527-9316 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.14434/josotl.v21i4.32757


In this essay, as a group of teacher educators, we discuss our experience of "walking the walk" of teacher education transformation at a time of urgent change. We reflect upon our process of integrating three key priorities in our preservice teacher education courses: education for sustainability; trauma-informed practice; and Indigenizing curriculum. Specifically, we reflect on how these processes were adapted according to the needs of individual courses and units, while at the same time making space for our strengths and our "unlearnings" as academics, and for the ethical considerations that troubled us. In this essay, we explore walking the walk of change and integrating social, environmental, and cultural justice principles in our work together toward equipping and enabling new teachers to be themselves agents of change.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:education for sustainability, sociocracy, trauma-informed practice, Indigenizing curriculum, unlearning
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Teacher education and professional development of educators
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Assessment, development and evaluation of curriculum
UTAS Author:Beasy, K (Dr Kim Beasy)
UTAS Author:Hunter, MA (Associate Professor Mary Ann Hunter)
UTAS Author:Hicks, D (Dr David Hicks)
UTAS Author:Pullen, D (Dr Darren Pullen)
UTAS Author:Brett, P (Dr Peter Brett)
UTAS Author:Thomas, D (Mr Damon Thomas)
UTAS Author:Reaburn, R (Dr Robyn Reaburn)
UTAS Author:Baker, W (Dr Bill Baker)
UTAS Author:Fan, F (Dr Frances Fan)
UTAS Author:Cruickshank, V (Dr Vaughan Cruickshank)
UTAS Author:Stephenson, E (Mrs Elspeth Stephenson)
UTAS Author:Hatisaru, V (Dr Vesife Hatisaru)
ID Code:148448
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2022-01-11
Last Modified:2022-02-25
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