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Higgins, Blanche; Thomas, Ian – Australian Journal of Environmental Education, 2016
Education for sustainability (EfS) is widely supported and researched; however, the broad and deep implementation of EfS in universities that is needed lags behind the goals of change agents. This article reviews literature on change procedures; in particular, curriculum change in universities. Our aim was to develop insights into strategies…
Descriptors: Sustainability, Environmental Education, Higher Education, Curriculum Development
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Evans, Neus; Ferreira, Jo-Anne; Davis, Julie; Stevenson, Robert B. – Australian Journal of Environmental Education, 2016
This article reports on the fourth stage of an evolving study to develop a systems model for embedding education for sustainability (EfS) into preservice teacher education. The fourth stage trialled the extension of the model to a comprehensive state-wide systems approach involving representatives from all eight Queensland teacher education…
Descriptors: Sustainability, Preservice Teacher Education, Teacher Education Programs, Foreign Countries
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Gale, Fred; Davison, Aidan; Wood, Graham; Williams, Stewart; Towle, Nick – Australian Journal of Environmental Education, 2015
Higher education institutions have an unavoidable responsibility to address the looming economic, environmental and social crises imperilling humans and ecosystems by placing "education for sustainability" at the heart of their concerns. Yet, for over three decades, the practice of 'higher education for sustainability' (HEfS) has…
Descriptors: Sustainability, Environmental Education, Social Change, Barriers
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Payne, Phillip G. – Australian Journal of Environmental Education, 2015
Enacting a critical environmental education curriculum theory with 8- to 9-year-old children in 1978 is now "restoried" in a "history of the present/future" like "case study" for prosecuting five interrelated problems confronting progress in environmental education and its research. They are: the intense heat of the…
Descriptors: Activism, Environmental Education, Ethics, Ideology
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Ferreira, Jo-Anne; Ryan, Lisa; Tilbury, Daniella – Australian Journal of Environmental Education, 2014
This brief article reflects on progress on reorienting teacher education toward sustainability that has taken place since the publication of the authors' 2007 "Australian Journal of Environmental Education" article, "Planning for Success: Factors Influencing Change in Teacher Education" (EJ833282). It concludes that a key…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Sustainability, Environmental Education, Journal Articles
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Jickling, Bob – Australian Journal of Environmental Education, 2014
When considering a topic as broad as research in environmental education it seems worthwhile, at the onset, to make some basic distinctions: (1) establishing research priorities is not simply an empirical question; and (2) a much more challenging task is to more clearly understand the nature of the questions to which we seek answers. How do we go…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Educational Research, Concept Formation, Research Needs
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Ferreira, Jo-Anne; Ryan, Lisa; Tilbury, Daniella – Australian Journal of Environmental Education, 2014
Teacher education is widely recognized as a key strategy that is yet to be effectively utilized to embed environmental education and/or education for sustainability in schools. This paper reports on a research study that examined a range of pre-service teacher education initiatives, both in Australia and internationally, that were seeking to…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Teacher Education, Networks, Sustainability
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Yueh, Mei-Chun Michelle; Barker, Miles – Australian Journal of Environmental Education, 2011
In the 1998 Taiwanese national curriculum revision, environmental education was one of six new "Important Issues". To some early observers, the generic "framework" sections of this 1998 curriculum (Aims, Goals, Core Competences) resonated well with the integrative and transdisciplinary nature of environmental education. This…
Descriptors: Curriculum Implementation, National Curriculum, Curriculum Development, Junior High Schools
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Salter, Zarin; Venville, Grady; Longnecker, Nancy – Australian Journal of Environmental Education, 2011
This paper documents a case study involving a Perth primary school accompanied on its sustainability journey by Millennium Kids Inc, a local not-for-profit community organisation. Tension between the school's sustainability focus, its prestige as an elite private school and a "lucky country" mentality frames the Australian-ness of this…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Private Schools, Environmental Education, Educational Change
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Whitehouse, Hilary; Evans, Neus – Australian Journal of Environmental Education, 2010
A cultural discourse is not usually considered to be a barrier to the implementation of sustainability in schools. A study conducted in four different state primary schools in regional Queensland, found leading environmental educators did not wish to be identified as "greenies". "Greenie" is a highly recognisable and well-used…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Leadership, Sustainability, Environmental Education
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Davis, Julie M.; Ferreira, Jo-Anne – Australian Journal of Environmental Education, 2009
Networks are increasingly recognised as advantageous when creating and embedding cultural change within organisations. This paper explores and problematises ideas around networks for education for sustainability (EfS), specifically in relation to the implementation of the Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative (AuSSI), a national, whole-school…
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Educational Change, Foreign Countries, Sustainable Development
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Gambino, Agatha; Davis, Julie; Rowntree, Noeleen – Australian Journal of Environmental Education, 2009
Field experiences for young children are an ideal medium for environmental education/education for sustainability because of opportunities for direct experience in nature, integrated learning, and high community involvement. This research documented the development--in 4-5 year old Prep children--of knowledge, attitudes and actions/advocacy in…
Descriptors: Animals, Environmental Education, Conservation (Environment), Outdoor Education
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Tooth, Ron; Renshaw, Peter – Australian Journal of Environmental Education, 2009
Narrative is fundamental to our diverse capacities to remember, to provide an account of self, and to represent our actions, motivations and place in society. The narrative mode is concerned with central aspects of the human condition--commitments and personal agency; motivations and emotions; collective experiences and cultural histories and…
Descriptors: Personal Narratives, Ethics, Values Education, Sustainable Development
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Kent, Jenny – Australian Journal of Environmental Education, 2004
Vocational education and training (VET) is often considered the enigma of education. For those that work in or research sustainable education within the schools and higher education sections, VET appears somewhat like the mysterious second cousin: often difficult to access and difficult to understand. VET differs quite markedly from the other…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Vocational Education, Technical Education, Career Education
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Robottom, Ian – Australian Journal of Environmental Education, 2004
Constructivism, as a set of theories about how learners learn, has been an important discourse in the educational research literature for a number of years. Interestingly, it has been far more visible in science education research than in environmental education research. This article considers conceptual change theory within constructivism as a…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Educational Research, Environmental Education, Science Education