What does the research evidence base tell us about the use and impact of sustainability pedagogies in initial teacher education?

Evans, Neus (Snowy), and Ferreira, Jo-Anne (2020) What does the research evidence base tell us about the use and impact of sustainability pedagogies in initial teacher education? Environmental Education Research, 26 (1). pp. 27-42.

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Many sustainability education scholars argue that active, participatory and experimental pedagogies, known as sustainability or ESD pedagogies, provide the most effective strategies for developing learners' understanding, thinking and ability to act for sustainability. However, factors that impact learning are complex and the extent to which some pedagogies are more effective than others for promoting student learning is contested. The work on sustainability pedagogies has tended not to be problematized. This paper interrogates the literature on sustainability pedagogies in initial teacher education to determine the extent to which the current level of evidence supports pedagogical assumptions held by sustainability education scholars. The findings suggest that factors that impact student teacher learning for sustainability require additional exploration in order to draw reliable conclusions and inform pedagogical decisions that can best support the development of prospective teachers' understanding, thinking and ability to employ sustainability pedagogies.

Item ID: 61370
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1350-4622
Keywords: Sustainability pedagogies, ESD pedagogies, initial teacher education, pre-service teacher education
Copyright Information: © 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. Under the publisher's policies, the Accepted Manuscript version of this paper is available Open Access from ResearchOnline@JCU after 23 June 2021.
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2020 07:30
FoR Codes: 39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390499 Specialist studies in education not elsewhere classified @ 70%
39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390102 Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development @ 30%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy @ 70%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified @ 30%
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