Sustainable Futures: Building Capacity for Social, Cultural and Environmental Futures in Preservice Teachers

By Coral Cara.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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Article: Electronic $US5.00

A practice focus paper which describes the building of capacity for social, cultural and environmental futures in preservice teachers (PSTs) through a hands on project with local community and schools. By interacting with the local community, the hands on project built and expanded knowledge, skills and understandings about global sustainability issues. By recognising Science as Literacy and using interactive pedagogies of teaching and learning, it enables all educators including practising teachers to believe in themselves as teachers of Science. Through these experiences, the PSTs and those that they interact with in schools, authentically learn to think about the world through a Science lens and proactively build Science teaching and learning in Primary/Elementary schools. Dissemination occurred through the school students, their teachers and the preservice teachers themselves in their current and future roles as practising educators. This is the ripple effect of Sustainable Futures.

Keywords: Science as Literacy, Education, Environment, Culture, Social Issues, Preservice Teacher Education, Sustainability, Community Partnerships, Science Education, Interactive Teaching and Learning, Inquiry Learning, Multiliteracies, Work Integrated Learning, Australia

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 5, Issue 6, pp.201-216. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.617MB).

Coral Cara

Lecturer/Academic, Faculty of Arts, Education and Human Development, School of Education, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia

Coral Cara has an extended multi-faceted career in education and is passionate about inclusive accessible education for all. She is an educator, consultant and lecturer across all sectors and levels. Coral is currently working with University preservice teachers using innovative effective teaching and learning strategies that are learner centred and inquiry based. Coral has worked extensively on creating inclusive multimodal teaching and learning that creates engagement, retention and improved outcomes for staff and students.


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