Be the change? You’ve no choice. Discovering autopoiesis in schools as a response to unsustainability

Vare, Paul ORCID: 0000-0003-3182-9105 (2016) Be the change? You’ve no choice. Discovering autopoiesis in schools as a response to unsustainability. In: Australian Association for Environmental Education Biennial Conference, 4-7 October 2016, Adelaide, Australia. (Unpublished)

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This paper describes a piece of research conducted among teachers and headteachers who were trying to introduce education for sustainable development (ESD) into their schools. The study shows how teaching ESD demands innovation in both content and process. In the face of dilemmas and contradictions - teachers can self-create possibilities to resolve these (a process akin to 'autopoiesis' or 'self-creation'). Such emergent properties provide examples of ESD in action. Insights from complexity theory suggest that we change systems simply by being a part of them (we are never apart from them).

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Research Priority Areas: Society and Learning
Depositing User: Paul Vare
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2019 13:36
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 08:43

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