From places to paths: learning for sustainability, teacher education and a philosophy of becoming

Clarke, David A.G. ORCID logo ORCID: and Mcphie, Jamie ORCID logo ORCID: (2016) From places to paths: learning for sustainability, teacher education and a philosophy of becoming. Environmental Education Research, 22 (7). pp. 1002-1024.

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The purpose of this paper is to explore what thinking with a philosophy of ‘becoming’ might produce in terms of conceptualising Learning for Sustainability (LfS), a recent development in Scottish educational policy. The paper posits that animism and the immanent materiality of a philosophy of becoming have important ramifications for contemporary approaches to sustainability education. ‘Becoming’ is described and its relationship to prevailing ‘systemic’ approaches to sustainability education explained. LfS is then described and conceptualised with a philosophy of becoming by examining its implications for Education for Global Citizenship and Outdoor Learning. The concepts of communication as expression; the subject undone (as haecceity); the distinction of ‘nature’ as ‘other’; and the centrality of a storied world are discussed as important elements of LfS becoming. Lastly, teaching materials and interviews with two initial teacher educators help create a rhizomatic assemblage of teacher education practice and LfS as becoming. This assemblage creates lines of flight for considering practice, including making explicit the expressivity of communication in course descriptor/teaching/learning relationships; highlighting the place/becoming assemblages of ‘indoor’ and ‘outdoor’ learning environments; and storying the world with learners through haecceity description/experimentation.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: Environmental Education Research
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
ISSN: 1469-5871
Departments: Academic Departments > Science, Natural Resources & Outdoor Studies (SNROS) > Outdoor Studies
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2016 16:53
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2024 16:16


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