Embedding EfS in teacher education through a multi-level systems approach: lessons from Queensland

Evans, Neus (Snowy) and Ferreira, Jo-Anne and Davis, Julie and Stevenson, Robert B. (2016) Embedding EfS in teacher education through a multi-level systems approach: lessons from Queensland. Australian Journal of Environmental Education, 32 (1). pp. 65-79. ISSN 0814-0626


This paper reports on the fourth stage of an evolving study to develop a systems model for embedding education for sustainability (EfS) into pre-service 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 institutions and other key policy agencies and professional associations. Support for trialling the model included regular meetings among the participating representatives and an implementation guide. This paper describes the first three stages of developing and trialling the model before presenting the case study and action research methods employed, four key lessons learned from the project, and the implications of the major outcomes for teacher education policies and practices. The Queensland-wide multi-site case study revealed processes and strategies that can enable institutional change agents to engage productively in building capacity for embedding EfS at the individual, institutional and state levels in pre-service teacher education. Collectively, the project components provide a system-wide framework that offers strategies, examples, insights and resources that can serve as a model for other states and/or territories wishing to implement EfS in a systematic and coherent fashion.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2021 06:29
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2021 00:58
Uncontrolled Keywords: education for sustainability; embedding sustainability; environmental education; pre-service teacher education; systems change; teacher education
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390102 Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/aee.2015.47
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/41629

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