In spring 2017, the UArctic TN on Teacher Education project Teacher Education for Diversity and Equality in the Arctic was approved as a new project for the Arctic Council's Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG). The project was part of the Finnish chairmanship of Arctic Council 2017-2019, and supported the priority of Education. The project focused on knowledge exchange around inclusive and effective practices, such as:
- Arctic pedagogy that incorporates indigenous pedagogical practices;
- innovative approaches to education in sparsely populated areas;
- community-based education;
- using technology to enhance participation and agency;
- and pedagogical models for multi-modal and digital environments.
The project organized networking among teacher education
institutions to facilitate the sharing of good practices. The project activities promoted establishment of local and international networks of
teachers, teacher educators, policy makers and researchers in the
circumpolar north. Through shared research activities, the project enhanced understanding of the teaching profession in the circumpolar
north, and highlighted ways in which pre-service and in-service teacher
education can help teachers contribute to a sustainable future in the
Arctic. Project activities also aimed to enhance practices of shared
teaching across the institutions, widen the students’ perspectives on
shared practices and challenges and across the circumpolar north, and to provide them with possibilities to network with colleagues across the
Arctic to improve their own practice.
Read more about Arctic Council's SDWG work during Finnish chairmanship (2017-2019).