Barriers, successes and enabling practices of education for sustainability in Far North Queensland schools: a case study

Evans, Neus (Snowy), Whitehouse, Hilary, and Gooch, Margaret (2012) Barriers, successes and enabling practices of education for sustainability in Far North Queensland schools: a case study. Journal of Environmental Education, 43 (2). pp. 121-138.

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Abstract

There are many documented barriers to implementing school-based sustainability. This article examines a) the barriers faced by principals and staff in two regional primary schools in Far North Queensland, Australia, well known for their exemplary practice, and b) ways the barriers were overcome. Through interviews conducted with principals and key staff, the authors found lack of time, direct funding for innovation, teacher conceptual understanding, resistance from some fellow staff to sustainability education, and being positioned as a "greenie" were presented as barriers to effective practice. The research reveals how innovation, determination, trust, and active principal support enabled the teachers to push ahead. Other educators experiencing difficulties with implementing sustainability education will likely find the discussion useful.

Item ID: 22615
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0095-8964
Keywords: education for sustainability, environmental education, environmental education barriers, sustainability education, sustainability education barriers
Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2012 09:37
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified @ 80%
13 EDUCATION > 1301 Education Systems > 130105 Primary Education (excl Maori) @ 20%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9304 School/Institution > 930401 Management and Leadership of Schools/Institutions @ 60%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960311 Social Impacts of Climate Change and Variability @ 20%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development @ 20%
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