Citizen Science, Critical Numeracy and Place-based Learning: Practices for Connecting Pre-service Primary/Middle Teachers to Community and Place

By Kathryn Paige.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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Over the last 10 years, science and mathematics education colleagues at the University of South Australia have used ecological sustainability as a vehicle to engage education students in the primary/middle program in meaningful science learning experiences. The primary/middle program has been constructed around a set of guiding principles, one of which is educating for sustainability. In this paper three key practices for connecting pre-service teachers to place and community will be explored: citizen science, critical numeracy and place-based learning. The key questions explored are: What is the basis of each of the rich tasks students are involved in, how does it challenge them to reduce their ecological footprint, and how will these experiences influence them as beginning teachers?

Keywords: Science Teacher Education, Educating for Sustainability, Place-based Education

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp.11-26. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 831.709KB).

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 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 ther Curriculum Division of the South Australian Education Department. Kathy’s doctorate research investigated primary teachers beliefs and practices about thinking and working scientifically and technologically. Her current research focuses on primary science education, place based education and teacher professional development.


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