Using Sustainability and Enterprise Education as a Focus for Teaching and Learning

By Jenny Thompson and Kerry Maree Lee.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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Preparing children for a world that may not yet have been conceived is a daunting task, yet teachers in New Zealand are charged with preparing children for life in the 21st century. This paper outlines some of the Ministry of Education’s strategies to achieve this and documents a school’s proposed innovative program which sees children developing eco-businesses through a sustainability and enterprise education focus.

Keywords: Sustainability, Enterprise Education, 21st Century Learning, Competencies, Curriculum, Teaching, Co-Constructivist Inquiry

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp.241-248. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 577.650KB).

Jenny Thompson

Associate Principal, University of Auckland, Red Beach, Auckland, New Zealand

Jenny Thompson has taught in a range of schools and is currently the Associate Principal in a New Zealand primary school. Jenny has a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Masters in Education. She has a strong interest in ensuring all teachers understand effective teaching pedagogy and also what our students will need to know, be and do, so they are equipped to face the challenges of the 21st century. She has presented recently at national conference workshops about the power of student voice in effecting change in teachers’ pedagogy.

Kerry Maree Lee

Senior Lecturer, School for Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, Faculty of Education, University of Auckland, Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

Kerry Lee is senior lecturer in Technology Education at the Faculty of Education, University of Auckland, New Zealand. Kerry has a Bachelor of Science degree and a Masters in Education specialising in Technology education. Her Doctoral thesis currently underway investigates the effects of omega-3 fatty acids on the academic achievement of primary school children. Kerry has presented papers on technology education at numerous national and international conferences. Kerry was invited to be the plenary speaker on Technology Education at the 8th five-year planning meeting for 10 South East Asian countries at SEAMEO RECSAM, Malaysia, 2003. She has been published in the; International Journal of Technology and Design Education, International Journal of Diversity and Organisations Communities and Nations, International Journal of the Humanities, Journal of the World Univeristies Forum, Journal of Technology Studies and International Journal of Teaching and Learning and High Education. She has authored chapters in the Handbook of Research on E-Learning Applications for Career and Technical Education: Technologies for Vocational Training, and Assessing and Evaluating Adult Learning in Career and Technical Education.


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