It’s Not Only Green That Matters: Understanding Education for Sustainability in Schools

By Sonja Kuzich.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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Sustainability is the buzzword of the decade with so much being touted under this banner that it has become both at once, potent in meaning and, at the same time, meaningless. There are many school leaders and whole school communities that have signed up to be a ‘sustainable school’. With schools ready to embrace the ‘visible’ aspects of sustainability such as the ‘kitchen garden’ and ‘environmental activities’, many fundamental aspects of sustainability are being obscured by ‘green’. This paper challenge us to think deeply about what this enterprise called sustainability is, how teachers have become a central notion in a political and policy agenda, and to consider education in terms of all four pillars of sustainability.

Keywords: Education For Sustainability, Teachers, Schools, Policy, Environment, Green

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp.27-36. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 761.908KB).

Sonja Kuzich

Lecturer, Curriculum and Pedagogy, School of Education, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Australia

Sonja Kuzich is a Lecturer in Curriculum and Pedagogy at Curtin University of Technology in WA. She is currently National Secretary of the Australian Professional Teachers Association (APTA). Sonja has had a long-standing interest in pursuing wider acknowledgement (by educators themselves and within the community) of the contribution that educators make towards achievement of broader societal goals. Her research interests include social justice and equity pedagogy, teacher professionalism, revisioning educational goals, and educational policy development and implementation, particularly through a sustainability agenda (the focus of her current PhD).

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