Abstract A project to develop a state-wide system vision and approach to embedding Education for Sustainability in teacher education that is aligned with the Australian National Curriculum and the aspirations for Education for Sustainability in the Melbourne Declaration and other national documents. A series of working meetings will be held with representatives from all teacher education institutions and other agents of change in Queensland (e.g., Education Queensland, Queensland College of Teaching). The representatives in turn will work with their teacher education colleagues to identify and map approaches to embedding education for sustainability (EfS) in their teacher education curriculum that are consistent with a shared vision of EfS. A case study of this state-wide systems approach as well as case studies of each institution's efforts to embed sustainability in one of their teacher education courses will be produced.
Co-Investigator and Partners
Associate Professor Julie Davis (QUT) and Dr Jo-Anne Ferreira (Griffith University)
Dr Michelle Lasen (Coordinator)
This ALTC project is a natural extension of the curriculum and research activity that we have undertaken in the School of Education over the last two years as part of the JCU Curriculum Refresh project, Embedding Sustainability in the Bachelor of Education. The ALTC project affords opportunity to share our experiences and resources with other institutes and key stakeholders in state and national networks and, in turn, learn from others’ insights into curriculum and pedagogical reform processes in pre-service teacher education. On a personal level, the project provides opportunity for on-going learning in what is for me a new field of research and action. I am keenly interested in participating in change processes and looking forward to doing so at a state level with a community of interested people.
Dr Helen Boon
I am very pleased to be involved in this project because as a former science teacher I have for a long time believed that sustainability matters need to inform teachers’ pedagogy, planning and actions so that students can model appropriate ecologically sustainable behaviours. Professionally this project will help me to explore further the beliefs, attitudes, barriers and facilitators of teachers’ sustainable behaviour. My personal interest is centered on climate change and how this imminent challenge can be met by educators at all levels. In particular, I would like to investigate climate scientists’ views of what they regard as critical knowledge for enacting particular behaviours to achieve appropriate outcomes for the next and subsequent generations; and how best to implement such knowledge into the curriculum at various levels and across different subject areas since knowledge alone is insufficient to achieve behavioural change.
Dr Louisa Tomas Engel
As part of the School of Education's JCU Curriculum Refresh project, Embedding Sustainability in the Bachelor of Education, I have been involved in the development and delivery of a core education for sustainability subject for early childhood and primary preservice teachers with fellow members of the ALTC project, Dr Michelle Lasen and Dr Cliff Jackson. As such, I am very pleased to be a part of this project as I am particularly interested in approaches to curriculum design and assessment that best develop preservice teachers' understanding of EfS, and the necessary values, attitudes and pedagogical skills to facilitate action-orientated learning. This project affords a unique opportunity to share best practice across a community of teacher education institutions.
Dr Neus (Snowy) Evans
Being part of the ALTC project provides me with the opportunity to extend my understanding and professional experience in an area of research which I have been working in since 2009. The project also promotes the opportunity to share learning and expand our current network base through working with people from other organisations and sectors. I find it most satisfying to work on a project that I feel passionate about, and to work with people that are equally committed.
Dr Cliff Jackson
I am excited to be involved in this ALTC project. I have thoroughly enjoyed being part of the JCU School of Education team engaged in the sustainability education JCU curriculum refresh project. A highlight of my involvement has been working with a fantastic team to create the core education subject, Foundations of Sustainability in Education. I look forward to the fresh challenges and collaborative opportunities presented by the ALTC project.
Mr Maxwell Lenoy
The experience will be an amazing learning experience for me.
Dr Reesa Sorin
Being part of this project allows me to extend my research interest in environmental sustainability, which currently focuses on young children’s understanding of the natural environment. This project will help me and my colleagues in JCU and other universities to enhance their teaching of environmental sustainability to preservice teachers in our courses. When these preservice teachers become classroom teachers, they will then be better able to share their rich understandings with children, who will in turn be helped to develop caring attitudes and actions towards their environment. This is a much desired “snowball effect.” On both a professional and personal level this is very important to me; to prepare future Generations to live sustainably in the world.
Associate Professor Hilary Whitehouse
I have been an environmental educator for 30 years and I am thrilled that ALTC funding is being employed to embed sustainability thinking and practice in teacher education across this great state of Queensland. We now live in the era of the Anthropocene. Planetary conditions are quite different now to any other time in human history. The extreme challenges we face are entirely of our own, collective, human making. We have taken planetary systems to the sharp edge of unsustainability and we need to rapidly change direction towards improving our lives, and the lives of the others with whom we share the globe. As a teacher educator, I have great faith in the power of education to change thinking and to change lives. I am proud that Queensland is leading the way in such an optimistic and innovative manner.