Developing Knowledge and Leadership in Pre-Service Teacher Education Systems

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Ferreira, Jo-Anne, Ryan, Lisa and Davis, Julie. 2015. "Developing Knowledge and Leadership in Pre-Service Teacher Education Systems." Australian Journal of Environmental Education. 31 (2), pp. 194-207. https://doi.org/10.1017/aee.2015.24
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Developing Knowledge and Leadership in Pre-Service Teacher Education Systems

ERA Journal ID20633
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsFerreira, Jo-Anne (Author), Ryan, Lisa (Author) and Davis, Julie (Author)
Journal TitleAustralian Journal of Environmental Education
Journal Citation31 (2), pp. 194-207
Number of Pages14
Year2015
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN0814-0626
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1017/aee.2015.24
Web Address (URL)https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/australian-journal-of-environmental-education/article/abs/developing-knowledge-and-leadership-in-preservice-teacher-education-systems/E43635F056FBB153A42FD653A3A8EDDE
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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.

Keywordsteacher education; system change; leadership; sustainability; Education; Environmental Sciences; Studies in Human Society
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390105. Environmental education curriculum and pedagogy
390307. Teacher education and professional development of educators
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Byline AffiliationsGriffith University
University of the Sunshine Coast
Queensland University of Technology
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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