Design on the future: developing and enacting sustainable living programs in primary schools

Hudson, Peter & Beutel, Denise A. (2011) Design on the future: developing and enacting sustainable living programs in primary schools. In 3rd International Conference on Teaching and Learning, 14-16 November 2011, Parkroyal Penang Hotel, Penang, Malaysia.

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Sustainable living is high on the international agenda (Ginsberg & Frame, 2004; Sutton, 2004). If education is fundamental to global transformation towards sustainability, then schools are in strategic positions to facilitate this change. Over recent years, schools in Australia have become more active in encouraging sustainability with the implementation of programs such as Science Education for Sustainable Living (SESL) that focus on topics such as energy efficiency, recycling, enhancing biodiversity, protecting species, and managing resources. This paper reports on a government funded Australian School Innovation in Science, Technology and Mathematics (ASISTM) project titled “Integrating science, technology and mathematics for understanding sustainable living” in which teachers, preservice teachers and other science professionals worked collaboratively to plan and enact a range of SESL programs for primary school students. Participants in this study included: 6 teachers, 5 preservice teachers, 2 university partners, 2 scientists, 4 consultants, and over 250 primary students. The findings from this qualitative study revealed a need for: (1) professional development for understanding SESL, (2) procedures for establishing and implementing SESL, and (3) strategies to devise, implement and evaluate SESL units of work.

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ID Code: 47346
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Sustainable living, Sustainability, collaborative learning, teaching programs, teacher education, curriculum development, primary schools, elementary science, primary science, science education
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators (130313)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > Schools > School of Teacher Education & Leadership
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Deposited On: 30 Nov 2011 03:58
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2013 04:22

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