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

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Evans, Neus (Snowy), Stevenson, Robert B., Lasen, Michelle, 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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tate.2017.01.013
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Approaches to embedding sustainability in teacher education: A synthesis of the literature

ERA Journal ID20739
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsEvans, Neus (Snowy) (Author), Stevenson, Robert B. (Author), Lasen, Michelle (Author), Ferreira, Jo-Anne (Author) and Davis, Julie (Author)
Journal TitleTeaching and Teacher Education
Journal Citation63, pp. 405-417
Number of Pages13
Year2017
PublisherElsevier
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN0742-051X
1879-2480
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tate.2017.01.013
Web Address (URL)https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0742051X1730104X
Abstract

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.

KeywordsTeacher education; Pre-service teacher education; Initial teacher education; Education for sustainability; Environmental education; Sustainability education; Systematic literature review
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390114. Vocational education and training curriculum and pedagogy
Byline AffiliationsJames Cook University
Southern Cross University
Queensland University of Technology
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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