Ecosophic teaching using a pedagogy of the glocal

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Abstract

Purpose - Ecosophy focuses on the broad and deep connections we all share; the relationships within, among, and between social processes, economies, ideologies, materialities, and living systems. Methodology/approach - In order to bring ecosophical issues to the fore, I draw on a pedagogy of the glocal: a pedagogy informed by an awareness of, and aiming to create an awareness of, the ways that global trajectories intersect with local practices. Findings - I analyze my own experiences using glocality as a pedagogy in several online courses for graduate students. As part of these courses, we worked toward an awareness and activism informed by both glocal understandings and ecosophic commitments. Research implications - This research offers new ways to think about the commitments that are necessary for online learning in teacher education to move forward. Specifically that ecosophy can be applied to a variety of new problems in teacher education. Originality/value - This chapter's unique approach models thinking with theory in online education. It also offers a valuable underused way to integrate technology and pedagogy through shared commitments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-185
Number of pages21
JournalAdvances in Research on Teaching
Volume25
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015

Keywords

  • Ecosophy
  • Glocal
  • Philosophic commitments to online learning
  • Post-modern approaches to online learning

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