Processes of Learning and Teaching (PoLT)

In PoLT, alongside the usual session in which the development of teaching/learning resources was explored, students are now also encouraged to consider the sustainability of their resources, adapting an activity from the ‘Linkingthinking’ resources for teachers (Sterling et al, 2005).

They were also introduced to the concept of sustainable communities of practice (Stuckey and Smith, 2004) to encourage student teachers to identify colleagues from whom they can receive support, and as they develop, provide mutual support to avoid the isolation that new teachers often experience (Summers, 2005).

References: Sterling, S., Irving, D., Maiteny, P. and Salter, J. (2005) Linkingthinking: New perspectives on thinking and learning for sustainability. Aberfeldy: WWF Scotland.

Stuckey, B. and Smith, J. D. (2004) ‘Building Sustainable Communities of Practice’, in P. M. Hildrethand C. Kimble[eds] Knowledge Networks: Innovation Through Communities of Practice, Pennsylvania, PA: IGI Publishing.

Summers, D. (2005) ‘Becoming a teacher in the post-compulsory sector: student teachers’ perceptions of influences on the development of their professional identities’, University of Exeter: unpublished thesis.