Beyond Science Education: Embedding sustainability in teacher education systems

Stevenson, Robert B., Ferreira, Jo-Anne, Evans, Neus (Snowy), & Davis, Julie (2015) Beyond Science Education: Embedding sustainability in teacher education systems. In Stratton, S., Hagevik, R., Feldman, A., & Bloom, M. (Eds.) Educating science teachers for sustainability. Springer, pp. 381-398.

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Abstract

This chapter will report on a study that sought to develop a systemwide approach to embedding education for sustainability (EfS (the preferred term in Australia) in teacher education. The strategy for a coordinated and coherent systemic approach involved identifying and eliciting the participation of key agents of change within the‘teacher education system’ in one state in Australia, Queensland. This consisted of one representative from each of the eight Queensland universities offering pre-service teacher education, as well as the teacher registration authority, the key State Government agency responsible for public schools, and two national professional organisations. Part of the approach involved teacher educators at different universities developing an institutional specific approach to embedding sustainability education within their teacher preparation programs. Project participants worked collaboratively to facilitate policy and curriculum change while the project leaders used an action research approach to inform and monitor actions taken and to provide guidance for subsequent actions to effect change simultaneously at the state, institutional and course levels. In addition to the state-wide multi-site case study, which we argue has broader applications to national systems in other countries, the chapter will include two institutional level case studies of efforts to embed sustainability in science teacher education.

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ID Code: 87015
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: education for sustainability, teacher education, science education, systems, systems change
ISBN: 9783319164106
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood & Inclusive Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015
Deposited On: 03 Sep 2015 02:56
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2016 04:48

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