As part of a pre-service teacher educational program at a university in South-east Queensland, Australia, two hundred and seventy pre-service teachers enrolled in Science & Technology for Early Childhood and Primary Teachers 1 in the first year of a four year education degree visited and worked with 65 Bushcare community groups in four shires (Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Redland and Logan) in South-east Queensland, Australia to help restore disturbed native vegetation to its natural state. While this research involved two diverse groups of people it was found that both groups had similar ideas about caring for the environment. Over 90% of each group rated the experience as Good/Very Good. Each group learnt from and about each other and developed a respect for each other’s abilities. The findings of this study and a previous study (Odgers, 2009) validate incorporating a Bushcare Community Engagement program into a formal tertiary course for educational, environmental and societal reasons.
|Keywords:||Community Member, Pre-service Teachers, Bushcare Community Engagement Program|
Lecturer in Science Education, School of Education, Brisbane Campus, Australina Catholic University, Virginia, QLD, Australia