Place and sustainability literacy in schools and teacher education

Margaret Jean Somerville, Monica Mary Green

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    The development of sustainability literate teachers has been identified as a key challenge for the implementation of education for sustainability in Australian schools (Skamp, 2010) and elsewhere (Nolet, 2009). This paper reports on the first year of a participatory action research project that investigates the learning of school teachers, teacher educators, school children and teacher education students, in relation to the integration of place-based sustainability education across the curriculum of a low SES primary school. The methods of data collection included digital visual and audio recorded observations and reflections by teacher educators; reflective observations, focus groups, and interviews with teachers and principals; and the collection of student artefacts from school and teacher education students. A number of different conceptual and theoretical lenses are brought to the analysis of this data including `thinking through country?; sustainability literacies and new technologies; and contemporary theories of space, place and body. In this baseline paper, the overall findings are summarised under the categories of the participating groups: - teacher, teacher educator, school student, teacher education student, and the school/place/community nexus.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAARE 2012 Conference Proceedings & Program
    EditorsJan Wright
    Place of PublicationSydney New South Wales Australia
    PublisherAustralian Association for Research in Education
    Pages1 - 14
    Number of pages14
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    EventInternational Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education 2012 - University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
    Duration: 2 Dec 20126 Dec 2012


    ConferenceInternational Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education 2012
    Abbreviated titleAARE 2012
    OtherThe 2012 Annual Conference was a joint conference of AARE and APERA, incorporating a WERA Focal Meeting.

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