Southern reflections on education toward a sustainable north

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    Abstract

    To those of us closer to the Antarctic region of the world, the concept of the Circumpolar North is quite intriguing. The chapters in this book provide some insights into the lived experiences of people across the Circumpolar North, with a specific focus on educational equity and inclusion. In their descriptions of what it is like to live, work, and be in this place within the Circumpolar North, the authors explore learning, teaching, educational provision, and connections between culture, identity, and language. The chapters provide points of connection, enabling readers to highlight both the similarities and differences between their own contexts and those described. One of the great values in promoting such connections lies in the generation of opportunities for reflexivity, as we each consider our own context, question what we take for granted, and why that might be so. At the same time as recognising the uniqueness of the region, the chapters in this book draw us away from romanticised tourist images of the Circumpolar North that focus on snow-covered wonderlands, pristine landscapes, and thriving Indigenous communities living in harmony with nature (Joona, 2018; Müller et al., 2020). While acknowledging the challenges associated with remoteness, they also steer us away from stereotypes of disadvantage that automatically equate remoteness with deficit. Rather, the chapters describe contexts across the Circumpolar North that are both similar and different – from each other as well as from those of readers living and working outside the region. The rich culture and history of each context is noted, providing a base for addressing the complex challenges associated with promoting educational equity and inclusion.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEducation, equity and inclusion
    Subtitle of host publicationTeaching and learning for a sustainable north
    EditorsDiane Hirshberg, Mhairi Beaton, Gregor Maxwell, Tuija Turunen, Janette Peltokorpi
    Place of PublicationSwitzerland
    PublisherSpringer
    Chapter16
    Pages249-260
    Number of pages12
    Edition1st
    ISBN (Electronic)9783030974602
    ISBN (Print)9783030974596
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2023

    Publication series

    NameSpringer Polar Sciences
    PublisherSpringer
    ISSN (Print)2510-0475
    ISSN (Electronic)2510-0483

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    • equity, inclusion, sustainable north

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