Schools and teachers as agents of change for SDGs, Nataša Pantić
From Natasa Pantic
Teachers and schools are increasingly called upon to act as Agents of Change. For example Scottish Curriculum for Excellence positions teachers as ‘prime agents of educational change’. This presentation will introduce the meaning and rationale for developing teacher agency for change. In particular, I will consider the purposes of change and collaboration as essential elements of teacher agency in relation to the United Nations SDG 4: Ensure inclusive and quality education for all which urges all countries to provide quality education for all learners, because education is a human right as well as an important means of achieving other important rights. I will invite the participants to consider implication for developing a collective agency for change within the school communities.
Nataša Pantić is a Lecturer at University of Edinburgh, School of Education, with expertise in educational change, school and policy factors that affect teachers’ practices, and teacher education. She has published extensively in these and other areas, including citizenship and education governance. Recently, she has used social network analysis to study relational agency and collaboration in education settings. Previously, she has completed a Chancellor’s Fellowship at the University of Edinburgh, PhD at Utrecht University, Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, and worked as a researcher with the Centre for Education Policy in Belgrade.