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Students will gain an understanding of the many facets of sustainability, including environmental and social sustainability. They will examine Education for Sustainability and its similarities and differences to environmental education and develop an understanding of sustainability and its position in the national curriculum. During classes students will work with colleagues to develop a unit of work that integrates sustainability across a range of learning areas in ways that meet required curriculum outcomes.
Students will examine a range of issues pertaining to sustainability and Education for Sustainability relevant to Australian schools, so that they are equipped to teach about sustainability and to help shape a school’s culture and to offer leadership in the area of sustainability.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Discuss aspects of sustainability, including its environmental, economic and social dimensions.
- Be capable of contributing to developing a rich unit of work that integrates education for sustainability across a range of learning areas, including assessing learning.
- Demonstrate strong subject and pedagogical content knowledge.
- Utilise digital technologies to expand learning opportunities for students.
- Develop in students the practices and attitudes required for critical thinking and the ability to work both independently and co-operatively.
- Understand the complexities of, and be able to contribute to, a school's journey toward sustainability.
- Demonstrate a capacity for leadership and advocacy in education.
This subject will develop the following set of key transferable skills:
- Clinical reasoning and thinking
- Problem solving
- Evidence based decision making
- Creativity and innovation
- Teamwork and professional collaboration
- Learning to learn and metacognition
- Responsiveness to a changing knowledge base
- Reflection for continuous improvement
- Linking theory and practice
- Inquiry and research
- Active and participatory citizenship.
Last updated: 17 March 2020