Approaches to embedding sustainability in teacher education: A synthesis of the literature

Evans, Neus (Snowy) and Stevenson, Robert B. and Lasen, Michelle and Ferreira, Jo-Anne and Davis, Julie (2017) Approaches to embedding sustainability in teacher education: A synthesis of the literature. Teaching and Teacher Education, 63. pp. 405-417. ISSN 0742-051X


This study investigated how teacher education academics embed sustainability education in learning and teaching, using a systematic literature review of peer-reviewed journal articles. A taxonomy of four distinctive approaches was developed: (1) embedding sustainability education widely across curriculum areas, courses, and institution; (2) through a dedicated core/compulsory subject; (3) through a component of a core/compulsory subject; and (4) through a dedicated elective subject. This paper investigates the differing rationales, theoretical frames and pedagogical approaches used and identifies the perceived challenges underpinning each of these approaches. The final section offers an analysis and discussion of the implications of our review findings for teacher education academics and researchers, and others in the broader academic community who are interested in change towards sustainability through education.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2021 03:24
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2021 05:57
Uncontrolled Keywords: Teacher education; Pre-service teacher education; Initial teacher education; Education for sustainability; Environmental education; Sustainability education; Systematic literature review
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390114 Vocational education and training curriculum and pedagogy
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