Sustainability Practices in a Fourth Year Mathematics and Science Pre-service Primary/Middle Pathway Course

By Kathryn Paige.

Published by The International Journal of Sustainability Education

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One vehicle that has provided real world connections for embracing science and mathematics in a primary and middle school setting has been through educating for sustainability (EfS). Opportunities to undertake pledges to reduce their ecological footprint, undertake a voluntary placement in an urban ecological setting and plan transdisplinary units of work have been learning experiences that encourage pre-service teachers to embrace change. The challenges of making changes to values and behaviours is central to the EfS agenda. Knowledge by itself is not enough. An analysis of evaluation responses and examples of students’ pledges and topics will be presented. What do these experiences entail and which ones impact on their beliefs and practices as a beginning career teacher are the focus of this paper.

Keywords: Educating for Sustainability, Science, Pre-service, Education

The International Journal of Sustainability Education, Volume 9, Issue 4, February 2015, pp.1-16. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: April 21, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 472.814KB)).

Dr. Kathryn Paige

Senior Lecturer in Science and Mathematics Education, School of Education, University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Dr. Kathryn Paige is a senior lecturer in primary and middle science and mathematics education in the School of Education, Mawson Lakes Campus, University of South Australia. Her earlier professional career involved seventeen years as a primary teacher and a project officer in the Curriculum Division of the South Australian Education Department. Her doctorate research investigated primary teachers beliefs and practices about thinking and working scientifically and technologically. Her current research focuses on educating for sustainability, primary science education, citizen science and place-based education.