Beyond science education: embedding sustainability in teacher education systems

Stevenson, Robert B., Ferreira, Jo-Anne, Evans, Neus (Snowy), and Davis, Julie (2015) Beyond science education: embedding sustainability in teacher education systems. In: Stratton, Susan K., Hagevik, Rita, Feldman, Allan, and Bloom, Mark, (eds.) Educating Science Teachers for Sustainability. ASTE Series in Science Education . Springer, Cham, pp. 381-398.

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This chapter reports on a study that sought to develop a system-wide 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. The state-wide multi-site case study, we argue, has broader applications to state and national systems in other countries.

Item ID: 39290
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-3-319-16410-6
ISSN: 2214-5435
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2016 03:54
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130205 Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl Economics, Business and Management) @ 50%
13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators @ 50%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development @ 70%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy @ 30%
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