What's Arctic Pedagogy got to do with Scotland

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


The Scottish Government (SG) 2019 paper Arctic Connections: Scotland’s Arctic Policy Framework identifies the close links between Scotland and the Arctic that have existed for centuries. The ‘…lasting impact on our cultural, economic and social fabric’ (p. 3) is noted therein as relevant across the country. Within this framework, the Scottish Government’s Arctic Connections fund allocated circa £8000 to a group of researchers from the Universities of Strathclyde, Highlands and Islands, and Aberdeen for an inaugural seminar wherein teacher educators from nine Scottish HEIs met to debate the role, place, and form for Arctic Pedagogy on Scottish teacher education under the auspices of The New Northern Pedagogies Group (NNPG).

In this presentation, I will outline three things. First, Scottish social, and educational policy framing and connections to the Arctic. Second, I shall discuss a personal definition for ‘pedagogy’, set against Scotland’s traditional Anglophonic interpretation, as ‘Being in and acting on the world, with and for others’. I shall then make connections here to possible interpretations for Arctic Pedagogy. Finally, I shall outline some of the successes from the inaugural NNPG event, and how the work of the group is being taken forward.
Period20 Apr 2023
Held atWerklund School of Education, University of Calgary, Canada
Degree of RecognitionInternational