Making a difference in the lives of children, families and communities.
“We have reached an unprecedented moment in planetary history. Humans now affect the Earth and its processes more than all other natural forces combined …. The shifting of consciousness is the beginning of change”.
(Burtynsky, Baichwal and dePencier, 2018)
Teaching in the contemporary classroom is a complex undertaking. The professional educator in the contemporary context must have a clear understanding of our collective histories and how they, along with socio-cultural, political and economic forces shape our practice.
We challenge our Teacher Candidates to grapple with questions such as,
- What does it mean to know something?
- What is involved in the process of understanding?
- What are the moral responsibilities of understanding?
- What does it mean to act on one’s knowledge and understanding in the world?
At Western’s Faculty of Education, we prepare teachers to reflexively ask where their own ways