“It’s kind of like a cut and paste of the syllabus”: a teacher’s experience of enacting the Queensland Earth and Environmental Science syllabus, and implications for education for sustainable development

Tomas, Louisa, Mills, Reece, and Gibson, Fiona (2021) “It’s kind of like a cut and paste of the syllabus”: a teacher’s experience of enacting the Queensland Earth and Environmental Science syllabus, and implications for education for sustainable development. Australian Educational Researcher. (In Press)

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Abstract

Informed by curriculum theory, this in-depth qualitative case study examined the experiences of one senior teacher, Stephen, as he enacted the first unit of Queensland’s new Earth and Environmental Science (EES) syllabus. This study aimed to understand how Stephen navigated the ‘space’ between the intended and enacted curriculum, by focusing on what informed his teaching practice, and how Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) was realised (or otherwise). The realisation of ESD was limited to a few instances of teaching students about sustainability content, as Stephen’s attention was turned to issues of time and student assessment, following major curricular reform. The tensions that Stephen recounted appeared to relate to a narrowed space between the intended and enacted curriculum, which manifested in feelings of reduced teacher autonomy. The implications of these findings for realising ESD in the context of curricular reform, and the importance of teacher reflexivity in achieving ESD, are discussed.

Item ID: 63686
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2210-5328
Keywords: education for sustainable development; Earth and environmental science; senior schooling; curriculum reform; reflexivity
Funders: Queensland Government, Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation
Projects and Grants: Advance Queensland Women’s Academic Fund
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2021 01:38
FoR Codes: 39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390113 Science, technology and engineering curriculum and pedagogy @ 50%
39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390102 Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development @ 50%
SEO Codes: 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1603 Teaching and curriculum > 160301 Assessment, development and evaluation of curriculum @ 50%
16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1603 Teaching and curriculum > 160399 Teaching and curriculum not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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