Comparing education for sustainable development in initial teacher education across four countries

Evans, Neus (Snowy), Inwood, Hilary, Christie, Beth, and Ärlemalm-Hagsér, Eva (2021) Comparing education for sustainable development in initial teacher education across four countries. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education. (In Press)

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Abstract

Purpose: This paper undertakes a cross-comparative inquiry into Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) related to governance, initiatives and practices in initial teacher education (ITE) across four countries with very different contexts – Sweden, Scotland, Canada, and Australia. It provides insights into issues arising internationally, implications for ESD in ITE, and offers learnings for other countries and contexts.

Design/methodology/approach: A cross-comparative study design with overarching themes and within-case descriptions was applied to consider, compare and contrast governance characteristics, initiatives and practices from each context.

Findings: The approaches to governance, initiatives and practices that each country adopts are unique yet similar, and all four countries have included ESD in initial teacher education to some extent. Comparing and contrasting approaches has revealed learnings focused on ESD in relation to governance and regulation, practices, and leadership.

Research limitations/implications: Making comparisons between different contexts is difficult and uncertain, and often misses the richness and nuances of the individual sites under study. However, it remains an important endeavour as the challenges of embedding ESD in initial teacher education will be better understood and overcome if countries can learn from one another.

Originality/value: Scrutinising different approaches is valuable for broadening views about possibilities, and understanding how policies and initiatives translate in practice.

Item ID: 68805
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1758-6739
Keywords: Initial teacher education, pre-service teacher education, Education for Sustainable Development, Learning for Sustainability, Environmental Education, Sustainability
Copyright Information: Copyright © 2021, Emerald Publishing Limited. The Author Accepted Manuscript of this work is available Open Access from ResearchOnline@JCU.
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2021 00:57
FoR Codes: 39 EDUCATION > 3902 Education policy, sociology and philosophy > 390201 Education policy @ 34%
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390303 Higher education @ 33%
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390307 Teacher education and professional development of educators @ 33%
SEO Codes: 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1601 Learner and learning > 160102 Higher education @ 100%
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