Planning for Success: Factors Influencing Change in Teacher Education

Ferreira, Jo-Anne and Ryan, Lisa ORCID: and Tilbury, Daniella (2014) Planning for Success: Factors Influencing Change in Teacher Education. Australian Journal of Environmental Education, 30 (1). pp. 136-146. ISSN 0814-0626


Teacher education is widely recognised as a key strategy that is yet to be effectively utilised to embed environmental education and/or education for sustain ability in schools. This paper reports on a research study that examined a range of pre-service teacher education initiatives, both in Australia and internationally, that were seeking to reorient teacher education towards environmental s us tain ability. This paper reports on six factors utilised across the initiatives that were critical to their success. These were (1) the nature and length of funding arrangements; (2) the range and quality of partnerships and networks; (3) the curriculum focus and the teaching and learning processes used; (4) the nature of, and incentives for, participant engagement; (5) the level at which a change was being sought; and (6) the use of evaluation as a tool for learning and ongoing improvement. This paper discusses why and how each of these six factors proved critical and explores the implications for initiatives seeking to reorient teacher education towards environmental sustainability.

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Date Deposited: 23 May 2022 00:51
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Uncontrolled Keywords: critical success factors; education for sustain ability; higher eduaction; reorienting teacher education; systemic change; teacher education; Education; Environmental Sciences; Studies in Human Society
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390105 Environmental education curriculum and pedagogy
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390307 Teacher education and professional development of educators
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1603 Teaching and curriculum > 160303 Teacher and instructor development
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