The project aims to examine and then look beyond the complex and often compromised nature of sustainable practices across three contexts: James Cook University (Townsville, Cairns and Singapore); The Townsville City Council; and local schools in Townsville.
There is evidence of perpetuating inequity in school outcomes with a large and increasing achievement gap, especially between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students. The multiphase research undertaken in this project, with the partnership of the Diocese of Townsville Catholic Education, focuses on addressing this imperative.
While social media and digital tools have huge potential for teaching and learning the particular qualities of online interactions can also lead to the pervasive and serious issue of cyberbullying. This reality prompted the project team to apply action research to study inventive student-centred approaches in higher education to raise awareness for students and staff in preventing cyber bullying and promote a culture of wellbeing and respect online.
The Local Global Learning Project stems from and informs the focus on community engagement for JCU Education Graduates through service-learning and Internships as a capstone experience in the Bachelor of Education and the Masters of Teaching and Learning. A key capstone experience is the Bachelor of Education is Service Learning for Sustainable Futures.
As part of the Queensland Stem Education Network (QSEN) the JCU mathematics education team has implemented a range of events and developed a set of North Queensland specific resources to improve student engagement with mathematics in secondary school and at university.