Five members of the core project team, with extensive ESD experience in different educational contexts, are facilitating individual co-operative inquiry groups comprising lecturers and students from a range of programme areas. The ideas generated in these groups are feeding into the main co-operative inquiry which will in turn support each of the groups in taking their practice forward.
We now have 4 co-operative inquiry groups focusing on the following:
- Pedagogic Principles of Sustainability
- Learning Outside the Classroom
- Social Justice and Sustainability
- Embedding ESD in Initial Teacher Education (ITE) across the phases – potentially Early Years, Primary, Secondary, Further Education
This project is drawing upon the experience of Dr Denise Summers in leading a co-operative inquiry (Summers and Turner 2011) that resulted in embedding ESD in the Further Education PGCE/Cert Ed programmes. Links to the resources developed at that time can be found below, these resources can be used/developed as wished.
As we work through our project, we will share resources we develop, as well as papers/presentations we disseminate about the process.
Heron, J. and Reason, P. (2001) The Practice of Co-operative Inquiry: Research ‘with’ rather than ‘on’ People. In P. Reason and H. Bradbury (eds.), Handbook of Action Research (179-188). London: Sage Publications
Summers, D. and Turner, R. (2011) ‘Outside the green box – embedding ESD through the use of co-operative inquiry.’ Educational Action Research, 19,4,453-468.