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    in reply to: Assessment of ESD #5002

    Online discussions/blogs
    online discussion/blogs helps and improve teaching and learning process among student teachers, tutors and other education stakeholders and helps in improving competences among them. Online discussions/blogs play an important role in students’ learning since students learn to support each other by answering ideas, discussing the course contents and sharing different crosscutting issues. this blog also saves time and enable the information to be deliver on time
    • Blended learning assessments;
    Blended learning refers to combining traditional face-to-face learning environments with online education tools and approaches. Blended learning approaches vary widely and give the lecturer many options.
    • Online project based learning;
    This approach gives students an opportunity to search the materials on a given topic. online project also enabled students to develop their communication skills and knowledge by presenting and recording their work for future use.
    • e-portfolio;
    E-portfolios are collections of a student’s work, including, assignments, groupwork, individual work, project work , tests, final and annual exams works which show the progress of their study over time. E-portfolios can also contain essays questions, photographs and illustrations, media, including videos, animations, cartoons, visual and and audio.
    • Question Mark Perception.
    Question mark Perception is a system that enables you to create questions and organize them into exams, quizzes, tests, or surveys. Perception offers a cost-effective, easy way to utilize computerized assessments that not only measure knowledge, skills, and attitudes, but also enhance the learning process.

    • podcast
    Podcasting is used in higher education so that various digital resources can be shared with students. It is used to support a number of different learning preferences such as self-directed and peer-to-peer learning and can be disseminated through numerous online channels
    • online/typed exams.
    online/typed exams are used for many purposes in the educational system, the purpose of this is effectiveness, security and utility that must be judged by the extent to which they promote student learning. the typed exams helps to reduce cheating among students but also helps the tutor to be in a safe side in his or her planned activities as it will simplify the work.

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    in reply to: Reflection #4999

    How would you go about assessing the cognitive learning objectives?
    By asking the student teachers questions that related to the principles of Sustainable Development that are reinforced in the reviewed curriculum. Ask them what they know and what is in our change project and how to implement our change project using the available resources

    What variety of assessment methods could you use for assessing the socio-emotional learning objectives?
    I would use observation, interviews which include focus groups and report cards. They will be observed in the use of locally available materials and interviewed about their impact on education. They will have to report about their contribution to the society and how they involve community. Encourage them to be motivated with what they do.

    What assessment approaches would you use to assess the behavioural learning outcomes, especially those that reflect values?
    The use of study tour, focused group discussion, Observation and enquiry that will enable to get the required results. Test and examination will be related to the students’ projects as well

    How would you assess social learning outcomes associated with the SDG, especially the involvement of learners working with communities on sustainable development actions (as emphasised in Learning Action 3)?
    Assess how the ability of student teachers to involve community in college and school activities that are related to curriculum implementation such as narrating of stories, engaging in cultural and customs activities.

    How could you include the above in an inclusive end of course examination?
    At the end students write the report on how the community was involved in different college and school activities, looking at the abilities of students to work with other teachers at the schools of their practice to implement SST activities. The assessment should also include the abilities to engage with the learners and communities around the school for successful realization of SDG

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    How would you work with students to mobilize stories and cultural heritage on a specific local SD issue or matter of concern (e.g. water pollution, waste, community health, energy, food security, safety of girl children etc.)?
    Using the enquiry methods by involving students going out of the classroom to collect different information, that is not available in any media. Field enquires method also to provide all important experiences that enrich basis of learning concepts and values.

    How would you approach the matter of concern with a systems view? And how can this inform a participatory local inquiry into the matter of concern to understand it better? How would you do this with your students?
    involve students in researching and find information on the matter concerned (solid waste).

    How would you work with your students and the community to work out what can be done together to address the matter of concern?
    Using participatory methods, the students and the community would be able to come up with ideas that will come up with the reasons why solid waste ended up as a matter of concern.

    Would it be possible to try out some of the proposed solutions and ways of dealing with the matter of concern? If so how would you and your students approach this? by using fieldwork, study tour and participatory research approach and carrying out practical’s. These activities will come up with diverse solutions to the problem.

    How would you assess progress in relation to the learning and the co-engaged, inquiry centered approach?
    There will be sharing of knowledge, skills and experience between students, teachers and the society.

    What would you need to do to implement this teaching activity with your students?
    Involve and Inform them about the approach to be be used and make them aware on cultural and norms practice that should be valued and taken into considerations.

    How could you support your students to use this T-learning sequence as they plan for practice teaching?
    I will let them free to participate and engage themselves with the T-learning sequence where they will practice and make necessary improvements.

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    The major cross cutting issues that affect Malawians include rapid population growth, food insecurity due to un reliable rainfall, poverty, gender based violence and nutritional disorders, land degradation and fragmentation, Although these cross cutting issues are addressed in the national curricula but they are not well implemented from the perspective of ESD. the same are crosscutting issues in Tanzanian context. Teaching and learning is rooted in memory with the aim of passing national examinations and not focusing what next after, and on future life. For example, land degradation has been largely a result of the cultural value attached land ownership. Due to overpopulation a pieces of land is divided so many times among the growing family members. In the end, the land fails to produces enough to sustain the farmer throughout the year hence food insecurity occurs. In addition gender-based violence is a result of the cultural belief that men are superior than women. Indigenous knowledge are not very pronounced in the national curricula. There is need to take advantage of the Malawi’s rich culture and indigenous knowledge so as to promote ESD particularly in Teacher Education. This will foster relevant education that is responsive to local issues of concern. in order to achieve the goals in Teacher education the local community knowledge should be given priority in the curriculum from primary level to high learning institution as all the above crosscutting issues is to be dealt

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    What is known about the topic
    Climate change is a sensitive issue which need to be addressed in the curriculum. The adaptation to environmental hazards is also critical issue that should be taken seriously
    What is not yet known
    To what extent the climate change affect different sectors at local national and international levels.
    What is included in the subject curriculum
    the issue included in curriculum are global warming, environmental degradation and climate are covered in the course titled ‘physical geography’. The topics cover issues like impacts of climate change, adaptation measures and strategies in the environment. but the sustainability of environment remain to be the role that should be played by every one in the society.

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    in reply to: Earth System #4831

    refers to a period which natural features are highly determined by human activity or a result of interference of human beings with nature where human being can affect the environment positively or negatively.
    The earth as a system
    The earth as a system has different components which interact together .The earths planet has four components; i.e. Atmosphere, Biosphere, Geosphere and Hydrosphere that interact together to keep nature in balance.
    Key life supporting processes
    These are processes in which micro systems in living thing depend on each other for survival. For example, if there is an imbalance within the atmosphere then the earth system gets affected thus life is also affected.
    How ecosystems function to support the diversity of life
    Ecosystems are habitats to different plant and animal species. If an ecosystem is disturbed then it will affects the species that depend on that ecosystem. Life of organisms in ecosystems is determined by the climate of the ecosystem, ecology of the ecosystem as well as the hydrology of the ecosystem. In the same manner if there is an imbalance in the biosphere then biodiversity will be negatively affected.
    How ecosystems function to support the diversity of life
    Ecosystems are habitats to different plant and animal species. If an ecosystem is disturbed it will have an impact on the species that are found in that ecosystem.
    These videos provide good background for a change project and also to show students that a the earth has made of several components that work together for nature to balance. As the interference or disturbance of one component will affects the whole system therefore we should keep in mind that the earth should be treated as one system for its sustainability.

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    How this Learning Action 1has helped you to re-view your TE/TVET programmes?
    It has helped me much to know and understand whether our TE programmes are aligned to SDG’s specifically with SDG 4. by reviewing our programmes using the action learning framework number one it will help me identify and analyze gaps and thus we are going to use different strategies to make our programmes work in a way that it will bring and place our education system in successful and meet the 21st century goals.
    2.How can you work towards a more critical understanding of SD and ESD in your context?
    By reviewing our programs i.e. whom we teach, what we teach, how we teach, how we conduct assessment and the assessment tools we use and the quality of teacher we produce at the end of programme in connection to SD and ESD.
    3.What still needs to be discussed and taken forward?
    We have to discuss how the change project will be carried out after the end of the programme.
    4. Can you prepare some suggestions for colleagues / your department / your TE/TVET institution? What would you emphasize?
    Suggestion: Identify the gaps and establish CoP in different departments.
    My emphasis should be on SDG 4 especially on developing teachers for ESD which should be aliened with 21st century competencies.

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    The Vision and Mission statement for Bunda Teachers’ college:
    To be an exemplary institution that provides educational services accepted by customers.
    To provide quality education to both pre-service and in-service teachers.
    1.To what extent does it reflect your understanding of sustainable development?
    Bunda Techers mission reflect sustainable development through providing quality education which results into quality resource person/teachers graduated and competent teachers who will be able and acceptable workers in government and private schools
    2.To what extent does it reflect the definition of sustainable development that reads “Sustainable Development is development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”? Do you think this is needed or not?
    Yes It is highly needed and It has met the definition of sustainable development in the sense that it gives room and lifelong skills to the people to develop the communities by engaging in different development activities in the country. people can employ themselves without waiting for the government employment as they can stars different projects and engage in different issues for sustainable development.
    3.To what extent does your institution’s Vision and Mission statement reflect the objectives of ESD and the GAP?
    Our institution’s Vision and Mission statement have a clear learning objectives for transforming learning and foster lifelong learning to both student teacher and teacher educator.
    4. How would you reframe/restate your institution’s Vision and Mission statement to more substantively reflect SD and ESD (based on your understandings of these concepts and your context)? since the mission and vision of Bunda Teachers college reflect the SD and ESD then no need to reframe them

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    The United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development (1987), and Scott & Gough (2003), sustainable development as a conscious lifestyle built on mindful utilization of the available resources to meet the present needs while being responsible for future generations to also meet their own needs, There fore sustainable development focuses on maintaining the resources at present and keep on focusing for future generation.

    The community IS facing the problems on environmental pollutions, climate change and social economic inequalities as some of the critical issues which needs to be addressed for sustainable development concerns.

    My views on ESD reflect an understanding of the definitions of sustainable development, and I hope the change project being developed will enhance environmental sustainability.

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    I liked the case study on waste management by Mary Mount Teachers College because its a study that aims to keep the environment safe from being polluted by the waste being disposed on the environment. – a lot could be done to limit or control the waste generation rate in the first place if the advanced technology will be applied and implemented effectively. Also this project is well aligned with the use of information and communication technology which foster environmental sustainable development , in that waste collected during the clean up campaigns can be used to produce other things like toys, charcoal and other consumable goods which will reduce the volumes of wastes disposed on the environment.

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    Hi, My name is Theodozia Bandya from Tanzania . I’m a Geography tutor at Bunda teacher’s college

    I’m interested in this course because I always teaching my student teachers at college how to use the resources available for sustainable development
    As a Geography tutor I teach my student teachers how to utilize the environment in a sustainable way so as to protect the world from climatic change that has been a burning issue and sensitive agenda in the world now.
    Our change project is integration of ICT in teaching and learning process among teacher educator and student teachers. this project will be important to the institution and the community at large as the project will assists the community to cope with CLIMATE CHANGE and the use of available resources in a sustainable way by applying the technologies obtained from the use of ICT .

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    Hi, My name is Theodozia Bandya, Tutor at Bunda Teachers college. I’m interested in participating in this course because I need to have different knowledge and skills from other professionals in here. My interest is most on Environmental management education as I’m a geography tutor for about 11 years. My believe is that our life depends on the environment though other crosscutting issues are important too. Our initial change project is about integration of ICT in teaching and learning process by teacher educator and student teachers.

    Our change project will benefit the community around as well as the whole world as all we need to cope and integrate with technology for sustainable development.

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