What does the research evidence base tell us about the use and impact of sustainability pedagogies in initial teacher education?

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Evans, Neus (Snowy) and Ferreira, Jo-Anne. 2020. "What does the research evidence base tell us about the use and impact of sustainability pedagogies in initial teacher education?" Environmental Education Research. 26 (1), pp. 27-42. https://doi.org/10.1080/13504622.2019.1703908
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What does the research evidence base tell us about the use and impact of sustainability pedagogies in initial teacher education?

ERA Journal ID8384
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsEvans, Neus (Snowy) (Author) and Ferreira, Jo-Anne (Author)
Journal TitleEnvironmental Education Research
Journal Citation26 (1), pp. 27-42
Number of Pages16
Year2020
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN1350-4622
1469-5871
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/13504622.2019.1703908
Web Address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13504622.2019.1703908
Abstract

Many sustainability education scholars argue that active, participatory and experimental pedagogies, known as sustainability or ESD pedagogies, provide the most effective strategies for developing learners’ understanding, thinking and ability to act for sustainability. However, factors that impact learning are complex and the extent to which some pedagogies are more effective than others for promoting student learning is contested. The work on sustainability pedagogies has tended not to be problematized. This paper interrogates the literature on sustainability pedagogies in initial teacher education to determine the extent to which the current level of evidence supports pedagogical assumptions held by sustainability education scholars. The findings suggest that factors that impact student teacher learning for sustainability require additional exploration in order to draw reliable conclusions and inform pedagogical decisions that can best support the development of prospective teachers’ understanding, thinking and ability to employ sustainability pedagogies.

KeywordsSustainability pedagogies; ESD pedagogies; initial teacher education; pre-service teacher education
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390114. Vocational education and training curriculum and pedagogy
Byline AffiliationsJames Cook University
Southern Cross University
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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