A Deep Dive into Sustainability Leadership Through Education for Sustainability

Ferreira, Jo-Anne L. and Ryan, Lisa D. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0688-0945 and Davis, Julie M. (2020) A Deep Dive into Sustainability Leadership Through Education for Sustainability. In: The Palgrave Handbook of Educational Leadership and Management Discourse. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, Switzerland, pp. 1-21. ISBN 9783030396664


This chapter explores the fields of memory, presence, and concomitance within education for sustainability (EfS) discourses through an exploration of the discontinuities, ruptures, and critical assumptions underpinning theory and practice in these fields. It begins by examining the range of different articulations of 'sustainability/sustainable development,' ranging from 'weak' to 'strong' conceptualizations. It then examines how these ideas have influenced sustainability leadership thinking within the field of EfS. Additionally, the chapter explores how environment/sustainability disruption transpired and how it has brought the field of EfS to where it is today. It also explores emergent narratives within contemporary education for sustainability discourses. In so doing, the authors call into question several assumptions underpinning conceptualizations of both sustainability and EfS and discuss the implications and possibilities for leadership and management. The chapter concludes with the implications for educational leaders, arguing for the need to always call into question orthodoxies of the day by recognizing that these have assumptions and histories underpinning them that work to establish their status as truth. Key to this is recognizing the need to constantly ask critically reflexive questions and seek alternatives. Finally, the authors highlight several key considerations for educational leaders working in the field of EfS and leadership.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 24 May 2022 01:51
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2022 22:14
Uncontrolled Keywords: Leadership; Parallel leadership; Teacher leadership; Collaborative cultures; Capacity building; Professional learning community; System-school alignment; Visionary action
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390105 Environmental education curriculum and pedagogy
39 EDUCATION > 3902 Education policy, sociology and philosophy > 390203 Sociology of education
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1602 Schools and learning environments > 160205 Policies and development
16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1603 Teaching and curriculum > 160302 Pedagogy
19 ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY, CLIMATE CHANGE AND NATURAL HAZARDS > 1901 Adaptation to climate change > 190103 Social impacts of climate change and variability
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-39666-4_68-1
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/48513

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