Developing a transformative, cooperative living-educational-theory with children and youth in the EDS (Education for Development and Sustainability) community of practice in Bangladesh

TitleDeveloping a transformative, cooperative living-educational-theory with children and youth in the EDS (Education for Development and Sustainability) community of practice in Bangladesh
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2021
AuthorsRahman, MHafizur, Lund, T, Alamin, M, Khalid, Abin Mujib, Krogh, E
Refereed DesignationRefereed
JournalEducational Journal of Living Theories
Volume14
Start Page26
Issue2
Pagination26-50
Date Published12/2021
Type of ArticleLiving theory
ISSN2009-1788
Abstract
The new generation is key to reaching the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. But to solve complex, global challenges and create sustainable development requires changes in the education system toward new ways of learning and knowing, as well as developing capabilities to act. In 2005, we (Md Hafizur Rahman, Md Alamin, and Trine Lund) therefore established a community of practice in Bangladesh called Education for Development and Sustainability (EDS), where we mentor vulnerable children and youth to become change agents, teachers, and leaders who, in turn, mentor younger children and youth. In this article, we explore the questions, ‘How can we mentor for transformative learning?’ and ‘How can we explain the related inner change?’ Finally, we discuss the transformative, cooperative living-educational-theory we developed in the process. We do this by following the transformative journey of the EDS teacher Abdullah bin Mujib bin Abdul Khalid, and by reflecting on the values behind our mentoring and how this research has influenced us as action researchers. In this way, we aim to contribute to Living Educational Theory Research. During our process as action researchers, Erling Krogh and Sigrid Gjøtterud contributed substantially to our professional reflections and to the development of our living-educational-theory research.
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