Teaching in the Anthropocene
Education in the Face of the Environmental Crisis
This new critical volume presents various perspectives on teaching and teacher education in the face of the global climate crisis, environmental degradation, and social injustice. Teaching in the Anthropocene calls for a reorientation of the aims of teaching so that we might imagine multiple futures in which children, youths, and families can thrive amid a myriad of challenges related to the earth’s decreasing habitability.
Referring to the uncertainty of the time in which we live and teach, the term Anthropocene is used to acknowledge anthropogenic contributions to the climate crisis and to consider and reflect on the emotional responses to adverse climate events. The text begins with the editors’ discussion of this contested term and then moves on to make the case that we must decentre anthropocentric models in teacher education praxis.
The four thematic parts include chapters on the challenges to teacher education practice and praxis, affective dimensions of teaching in the face of the global crisis, relational pedagogies in the Anthropocene, and ways to ignite the empathic imaginations of tomorrow’s teachers. Together the authors discuss new theoretical eco-orientations and describe innovative pedagogies that create opportunities for students and teachers to live in greater harmony with the more-than-human world. This incredibly timely volume will be essential to pre- and in-service teachers and teacher educators.
- offers critical reflections on anthropocentrism from multiple perspectives in education, including continuing education, educational organization, K–12, post-secondary, and more
- includes accounts that not only deconstruct the disavowal of the climate crisis in schools but also articulate an ecosophical approach to education
- features discussion prompts in each chapter to enhance student engagement with the material
“Farrell, Skyhar, and Lam open and close this brilliant collection with the voices of young children. Since children stand to lose the most from our inaction in the face of climate devastation, it’s an editorial choice with moral and political significance. Gripping, impactful, and thoughtfully curated, this book is full of practical and theoretical insights for teachers, teacher educators, and policymakers.”
—Joel Westheimer, Professor and University Research Chair in Democracy and Education, University of Ottawa, Education columnist, CBC Radio
“Teaching in the Anthropocene makes important contributions in a field of huge need and pressing urgency. Featuring excellent first-person descriptions and framing as to why we’re in the trouble we’re in, this book will be valuable for teacher-educators who are trying to figure out how to incorporate climate change into their teaching.”
—Dr. Paul Berger, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, Lakehead University