A Deep Dive into Sustainability Leadership Through Education for Sustainability

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Ferreira, Jo-Anne L., Ryan, Lisa D. and Davis, Julie M.. 2020. "A Deep Dive into Sustainability Leadership Through Education for Sustainability." English, Fenwick (ed.) The Palgrave Handbook of Educational Leadership and Management Discourse. Cham, Switzerland. Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 1-21
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A Deep Dive into Sustainability Leadership Through Education for Sustainability

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID2865
Book TitleThe Palgrave Handbook of Educational Leadership and Management Discourse
AuthorsFerreira, Jo-Anne L. (Author), Ryan, Lisa D. (Author) and Davis, Julie M. (Author)
EditorsEnglish, Fenwick
Page Range1-21
Chapter Number1
Number of Pages21
Year2020
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
ISBN9783030396664
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-39666-4_68-1
Web Address (URL)https://link.springer.com/referenceworkentry/10.1007/978-3-030-39666-4_68-1
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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.

KeywordsLeadership; Parallel leadership; Teacher leadership; Collaborative cultures; Capacity building; Professional learning community; System-school alignment; Visionary action
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390105. Environmental education curriculum and pedagogy
390203. Sociology of education
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Queensland University of Technology
Journal TitleThe Palgrave Handbook of Educational Leadership and Management Discourse
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