Queensland teachers and climate change education

Nicholls, Jennifer (2017) Queensland teachers and climate change education. Curriculum Perspectives, 37 (1). pp. 79-82.

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Climate change presents significant challenges to current and future generations. How is formal schooling helping to meet this challenge? The Australian Curriculum, including the Cross Curriculum Priority of Sustainability, may provide space for teachers to engage with the complexities of climate change in their classrooms but does not, in most cases, encourage teachers to engage with climate change as a complex, multi-dimensional issue and relies instead on teachers’ own initiative. A doctoral research study explored Queensland teachers’ understandings of climate change and climate change education and how these understandings, along with other factors identified by teachers, influence their engagement with climate change education. The data reported here were collected from over 300 surveys and 21 interviews with in service teachers. The results suggest that despite the apparent priority teachers place on climate change education, few feel they are adequately supported to include climate change in their classes in any meaningful way. As a result, many do not include the issue in a formal capacity but rather rely on incidental conversations and discussions. From this study it appears that Queensland’s formal schooling sector is inadequately preparing Queensland students for an uncertain future shaped by rapid climate change.

Item ID: 48589
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0159-7868
Keywords: climate change curriculum; Australian curriculum
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2017 22:20
FoR Codes: 39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390499 Specialist studies in education not elsewhere classified @ 50%
39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390113 Science, technology and engineering curriculum and pedagogy @ 50%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9303 Curriculum > 930302 Syllabus and Curriculum Development @ 30%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development @ 40%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development @ 30%
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