Teaching the Global Goals: Exploring synergies between teacher education programmes and the SDGs – Teach4Reach

Project duration:      April 2021 - March 2023

Financial support:    BMBWF//AfricaUniNet

Project website:        https://africa-uninet.at/en/projects/call1/p008-south-africa/

logo-teach4reachThis research project explores how teacher education programmes in the Global South and the Global North can be leveraged to support the Sustainable Development Goals by:

  • Raising awareness about the SDGs in teachers and teacher educators
  • Crafting future-focused research agendas on quality education, gender equality, reducing inequality and good health and wellbeing
  • Building international collaborative networks to support the SDGs
  • Supporting scientific knowledge development on the SDGs in the education domain

Currently, only 7% of Teacher education programmes worldwide cover education for sustainable development (Global Education Monitoring Report, 2017/8; Accountability in Education, pp. xvii). This project seeks to expand the curricula on Sustainable development and the Global Goals in teacher education programmes as a strategic initiative to impact on and optimally support Agenda2030.

The project is led by a team of researchers from the University of Pretoria, the University of Innsbruck and the University of Vienna; the expert advisor to the project is  the academic Head of department in Educational Psychology at the University of Pretoria. The participants include teacher educators, pre-service and in-service teachers, postgraduate students and stakeholders from four SDG fields (e.g. SDG3, SDG4, SDG5 and SDG10); PhD students and undergraduate and postgraduate students from three Faculties and schools of Education (UP, Innsbruck, Vienna).

A series of online (and in-person where possible) webinars that are coupled with research colloquia, workshops and knowledge dissemination events on a variety of scientific platforms is conducted. Four webinars is hosted on a rotational basis, over a two year period:

  • Webinar 1: SDG4 Quality Education
  • Webinar 2: SDG5 Gender equality
  • Webinar 3: SDG 10 Reduced inequalities
  • Webinar 4: SDG3 Good health & wellbeing

An explorative, qualitative study design using vignette research and in-depth interviews is used for the research track of the project. The project is also generative in terms of lesson plan development for the SDGs.

Project team

  • Prof. Irma Eloff, University of Pretoria
  • Dr. Kgadi Mathabathe, Universitiy of Pretoria
  • Mag. Ann-Kathrin Dittrich, PhD, University of Innsbruck
  • Ass.-Prof. Evi Agostini, University of Vienna
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