Wilding Teacher Education: Responding to the Anthropocene


  • Bob Jickling Lakehead University
  • Sean Blenkinsop Simon Fraser University


The first climate change conference was held in 1979 in Geneva and sponsored by the World Meteorological Organization. Since then there have been many other initiatives and accords along the way. Each report appears to present an evermore grim picture than the previous one. Cumulatively, we have had more than enough science to know what to do and yet we still hurtle towards catastrophe. From and educational perspective, this paper explores two questions: What will it take to nurture healers and restorers of the earth? And what holds us back? These questions are examined, as they relate to teacher education programs in Canada, through the lens of "wild pedagogies." Two touchstones for teacher educators are offered as tools for further exploring and responding to the questions.

Author Biographies

Bob Jickling, Lakehead University

Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Education, Lakehead University

Sean Blenkinsop, Simon Fraser University

Professor, Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University