Senselessness: The Manifestation of Educational Practice

By Garth Pickard.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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Future educators need to be in touch with the ecophilosophical roots of education if they are to address the goals of sustainability; they must be critically aware of how a dominant paradigm drives society, and have to understand the role of education as an agent of social and ecological change. Somewhere in all of this is the senselessness associated with not believing that changing our ways to ensure that our civilization has a long-term future is in our best interest. In part this senseless view has manifested itself through educational practice. More specifically, our inability to effectively change or for that matter, believe that we must change is primarily a by-product of past and present educational focus combined with institutional and instructional tradition.

This presentation addresses the importance of preparing teachers for the future. The presentation challenges present educational practice, leadership, and organizational behavior. The presentation draws upon contemporary research in areas of eco and social justice, program and curricula design, teaching strategies, and organizational structure in order to provide a lucid argument for educational change where it is most needed.

Keywords: Teacher Education, Professional Preparation of Teachers Connectedness, Integrality

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp.201-210. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.144MB).

Dr. Garth Pickard

Professor, Faculty , Education, University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

Dr. Garth Pickard is currently teaching in the curriculum areas of Physical Education, Outdoor Education and Educational Professional Studies. He was the former Director for the Office of International Cooperation and Development and the Director of the Canada, China University Linkage Program and the Special University Linkage Consolidation Program for the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). Dr. Pickard has taught at Brock University, York University and the University of Alberta and is currently focussing on international organizational development and research that addresses the role of teacher education in sustainability. Dr. Pickard has presented papers in Scotland, France, the United States, Panama, Japan and the Peoples Republic of China on organizational implications for sustainable capacity building, teacher education and organizational development. He has also worked with the Chinese Embassy (Ottawa) on management project implementation strategies. Dr. Pickard has co-authored four management training textbook series and has written extensively in the areas of Physical Education, Outdoor Education and Personnel Management. Dr. Pickard has co-authored a chapter in Kagan and Woo's Becoming a Teacher and has published articles in the Journal of the Canadian Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, the Saskatchewan Educational Administrator, and the Journal of the Saskatchewan Council of Social Sciences. His main interests lie in sustainability, organizational problem-solving, policy implementation and personnel development.

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