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Social agency and ecoliteracy: Seeds of change for teacher education in uncertain climate futures

Sara Tolbert, Glynne Mackey, Richard Manning, Bronwyn Hayward, and Hūhana-Suzanne Carter

In this article, we discuss the importance of developing the skills of ecological citizenship for teachers and students. In particular we consider how we can support teaching practice to develop the skills of social agency and ecoliteracy. We argue that these skills are essential for building teacher and student capabilities to co-create regenerative futures on a warming planet. In this discussion we reflect on our experiences as educators and researchers invested in place-based education, sustainability, climate justice research, democracy, and citizenship education. We highlight some of the tools and approaches that we have used in supporting both preservice teachers, and children, to learn these skills of ecological citizenship.

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