Title: Actions Towards Sustainable Communities: Exploring Pre-Service Teachers’ Experiences of Science for Global Goals Curriculum
Stream: Learning Experiences, Student Learning & Learner Diversity
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
Tristan Orbeta, University of the Philippines, Philippines
Frederick Talaue, De La Salle University, Philippines
Learning environments for education for sustainable development (ESD) have emerged as new contexts for collaborative science learning, co-engagement in shared community concerns, and participation in meaningful collective action-taking towards sustainable futures. Shifts in pedagogy demand that teacher preparation courses promote new teaching practices to support such learning environments. In this study, we interrogate Filipino pre-service teachers' (PSTs) experiences in participating with ESD curriculum materials developed by Smithsonian Science Education Center in the US. These community action research guides were originally designed for face-to-face learning but they had to be adapted to an online platform as part of the shift to emergency remote learning during the pandemic. We are interested in how PSTs learned science and how such learning informed their action research projects for their focus community. Moreover, we explore their evaluative judgments of the curriculum materials and their implications on the types of learning support needed to structure critical reflection on pedagogical frameworks for ESD. The data sources for this analysis include various student artifacts and focus group discussion recordings. We find that while our participants have begun appropriating science as a resource for analysing and proposing solutions to community problems, they demonstrated a lack of deeper criticality of the design features of the curriculum. It is worth noting that their community-based research projects were accomplished in the face of indefinite community lockdowns and heightened anxiety for safe passage through the pandemic. We offer our reflections on what it means to prepare PSTs to teach for ESD.
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