With the declaration of the UNESCO Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014) a science educator at an Australian university became committed to incorporating sustainability, as defined by UNESCO (2004), into a pre-service teacher education program. This process began with a grass roots approach of incorporating sustainability into an existing first year science and technology subject of a Bachelor of Education (Primary). The eight UNESCO (2004) themes of sustainability were incorporated into a Sustainability Forum prepared and delivered by pre-service teachers. Pre-service teachers also worked with community bushcare groups on sustainability of the natural environment. Analyses of pre-service teachers’ responses to two questionnaires distributed after the pre-service teachers completed the activities found that they had a wide view of sustainability and clear ideas of how they could incorporate Education for Sustainability into an elementary school curriculum. This small study was part of a larger cross-universities project funded by the Australian Research Institute in Education for Sustainability (ARIES).
|Keywords:||Pre-Service Teachers, Sustainability, Education|
Lecturer in Science Education, School of Education, Brisbane Campus, Australian Catholic University, Virginia, Qld, Australia
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