‘Our world is at a turning point. We already know that knowledge and learning are the basis for renewal and transformation’
Education, in its various forms, holds transformative potential. However, concerns persist that it reinforces and perpetuates the conditions for exclusion, injustice and unsustainable lifestyles. There is growing realization that education, as it takes place currently, is inadequate to the global crises we face. Fuelled by a growing sense of urgency, these arguments call for education itself to be transformed to meet with the challenges of shaping peaceful, just and sustainable futures. They emphasise themes of interconnectivities, interdependencies and the holistic approach advocated by United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4.7. They also highlight the need to build capacities of educators to facilitate transformative learning and support collective responses to global challenges anchored in ecological, social and economic justice.
The 13th annual TEESNet conference responds to the urgency of these calls and seeks to re-imagine teacher education by inviting research papers, examples of practice and creative contributions which relate to one or more of the following themes:.
Interconnectivities and interdependencies – what kind of educational approaches can:
- promote understanding of interdependencies at a range of scales between individuals, groups and other species,
- support connectedness between educational purpose, policy and curriculum choices, drawing on internationally agreed frameworks such as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
Intersections between ecological, racial and social justice – how can teacher educators ensure connections are made between global challenges which respond ethically to:
- the legacies of colonialism, imperialism and ongoing harm to Black, Brown and Minority Ethnic communities*, and those in the Global South
- the need for unlearning of bias, prejudice and exceptionalism towards other people and the planet.
Interdisciplinary learning – what possibilities exist for learning which:
- is grounded in real life contexts, the concerns of young people and their communities
- challenges the ‘subjectification’ of knowledge and promotes the kind of critical, creative and systems thinking required to fundamentally shift our relationship with the planet and each other
Cooperation and solidarity – what kind of pedagogical approaches are needed to:
- foster participation, collaboration and problem-orientated approaches across groups and divides, including intercultural and intergenerational
- support young people and teachers to participate in public debate on alternative futures and build capacities for transforming the world together
TEESNet activity deliberately cuts across sectors. We welcome proposals from educators and students in universities, schools, and NGOs/CSOs, as well as researchers, policy makers, and those engaged in all forms of education. We are interested in individual and co-authored papers, practice- oriented workshops and creative provocations. We encourage collaborations across sectors and work that draws on perspectives that are underrepresented and may face barriers to participation.
Please send a proposal of no more than 300 words in Word format to Andrea Bullivant at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com by 23 May 2022 with the email subject ‘TEESNet 2022 Conference CFP’.
Proposals should include the following:
- Title of paper or proposal in the form of a workshop or provocation, and key words (paper only)
- Name, institutional/organisational affiliation (where relevant) and email address of presenter(s)
- An outline of the proposal in no more than 300 words clearly indicating:
– which theme you are responding to
– the purpose of the research or the question(s)/ideas(s) being explored in practice
– relevant theory, conceptual frameworks, methods or approaches used
– results or conclusions and implications
Proposals will be peer reviewed by a sub-group of the TEESNet Steering Committee. Decisions about whether or not the proposal is accepted and any developments required will be communicated by 30 June 2022
If you would like to discuss your proposal before submitting please email Andrea Bullivant at firstname.lastname@example.org