Teacher perceptions and self-reported practices of education for sustainability in the early years of primary school: an Australian case study

Lasen, Michelle, Skamp, Keith, and Simoncini, Kym (2017) Teacher perceptions and self-reported practices of education for sustainability in the early years of primary school: an Australian case study. International Journal of Early Childhood, 49. pp. 391-410.

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This Australian case study provides a snapshot of Education for Sustainability (EfS) practice of early years teachers in the school sector (Preparatory to Year 3), during the first phase of implementation of the Australian national curriculum. Interviews with teachers, located in government, Catholic and independent schools, were conducted by pre-service teachers as a part of their professional experience coursework requirements. Forty-three interview transcripts were collated in these qualitative analyses in order to explore: why teachers considered that EfS had been identified as a cross-curriculum priority in the national curriculum; how teachers implemented EfS in their classrooms; and the barriers that they experienced in implementation. The teachers perceived EfS to be highly relevant to their students, with a view to future participation in society, workplaces, leadership and lifelong learning. While the majority of teachers reported intentionally planning and implementing learning experiences that addressed aspects of EfS, the key barrier from their perspective was a crowded curriculum, with emphasis on literacy and numeracy performance. Findings reveal that ongoing professional learning is required for teachers to develop pedagogies that can promote students' critical and action-oriented engagement, with community partners, in local socioecological issues of relevance, whether in urban, rural or remote locales.

Item ID: 50248
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1878-4658
Keywords: Education for Sustainability (EfS), teacher classroom practice, teacher professional learning
Funders: James Cook University (JCU)
Projects and Grants: JCU Academy Fellowship
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2017 05:21
FoR Codes: 39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390499 Specialist studies in education not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy @ 50%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9303 Curriculum > 930302 Syllabus and Curriculum Development @ 25%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified @ 25%
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