Educating for Sustainability in Primary Schools: Teaching by Neil Taylor, Frances Quinn, Chris Eames

By Neil Taylor, Frances Quinn, Chris Eames

Schooling for Sustainability is a key precedence in cutting-edge faculties, as our society seeks to discover a stability among environmental, social, cultural, political and fiscal imperatives that have an effect on our destiny. As kids turns into the following new release of adults, it can be crucial that they're knowledgeable approximately sustainability concerns, so that you can learn how to make trained judgements and take confident motion for a sustainable global. lecturers are preferably put to teach for sustainability matters, and certainly have a accountability to take action. even though, they typically lack aid and adventure during this quarter, and constraints of present curriculum priorities can inhibit schooling for Sustainability being taught successfully in lots of study rooms. teaching for Sustainability in basic colleges: educating for the long run addresses this challenge by way of displaying how schooling for Sustainability might be built inside of and throughout all components of the first curriculum within the Australian and New Zealand contexts. The e-book offers more than a few academic ways and examples of actions to help lecturers in addressing nationwide requisites for educating the key basic curriculum studying parts, whereas concurrently instructing for sustainability. This integrative method of fundamental schooling can advertise wisdom of, optimistic attitudes in the direction of and appropriate motion for sustainability in proper, significant, relaxing and artistic methods. This publication is a precious source for all basic academics who desire to make a true distinction to teaching young children for the longer term.

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2015 Sense Publishers. All rights reserved. JENKINS environmental preservation with socially just development. The latter integrates the three “pillars” of sustainability—society, environment and economy (UNESCO, 2006, p. 14). The critical need for EfS was further emphasised by the United Nations’ Agenda 21, established at the Earth Summit held in 1992. It became a blueprint for action to achieve a more sustainable world (United Nations Sustainable Development Division, 1992). Agenda 21 charged all levels of education, in both the formal and informal sectors, with responsibility for the “critical” process whereby societies and individuals can reach their “full potential”, thus “building capacity” to appropriately attend to environment and development issues (United Nations Sustainable Development Division, 1992).

However, we also recognise the magnitude of the changes required, the scale and complexity of which highlight the importance of different values and ways of thinking in EfS. Sustainability issues, with their messy, conflicting priorities and perspectives, are deeply embedded in values, so being able to clarify one’s own and analyse others’ values is an important element. Addressing the threats to sustainable futures requires reflective and critical thinking that accommodates complexity, questions assumptions and probes different aspects of sustainability problems.

The New Zealand Curriculum (New Zealand Ministry of Education, 2007) promotes sustainability as a future-focused theme that is a rich source of learning opportunities. The Enviroschools Programme (Enviroschools Foundation, 2014) is one initiative fostering whole-school approaches to EfS in many New Zealand schools. 2 presents a useful model—one that teachers should find practical and easy to adopt—for integrating EfS across the curriculum. This model allows us to cover essential content, skills, attitudes, values and behavioural outcomes from the humanities and social sciences, the natural sciences, and health and physical education, while concurrently addressing literacy, numeracy and creative arts outcomes.

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