Developing Knowledge and Leadership in Pre-Service Teacher Education Systems

Ferreira, Jo-Anne and Ryan, Lisa ORCID: and Davis, Julie (2015) Developing Knowledge and Leadership in Pre-Service Teacher Education Systems. Australian Journal of Environmental Education, 31 (2). pp. 194-207. ISSN 0814-0626


Pre-service teacher education institutions are large and complex organizations, which are notoriously difficult to change. One factor is that many change efforts focus largely on individual pre-service teacher educators altering their practice. We report here on our experience using a model for effecting change, which views pre-service teacher education institutions and educators as a part of a much broader system. We identified numerous possibilities for, and constraints on, embedding change, but focus only on two in this paper: participants' knowledge of change strategies and their leadership capacities. As a result of our study findings and researcher reflections, we argue that being a leader in an academic area within pre-service teacher education does not equate to leadership knowledge or skills to initiate and enact systems-wide change. Furthermore, such leadership capacities must be explicitly developed if education for sustainability is to become embedded in pre-service teacher education.

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Date Deposited: 20 May 2022 01:04
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Uncontrolled Keywords: teacher education; system change; leadership; sustainability; 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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