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ERIC Number: ED556721
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Nov
Pages: 151
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 251
Education, Place and Sustainability: A Literature Review and Overview of Curriculum and Policy in the States and the Territory of the Murray-Darling Basin
Roberts, Philip; Downes, Natalie; Cook, Louise; Heiner, Irmgard; Caffery, Jo
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This report has been developed as part of the MDBfutures Collaborative Research Network project "Towards Place Based Education in the Murray-Darling Basin." The project explores the ways in which sustainability is understood in Murray Darling Basin (MDB) communities of Australia (including Indigenous, rural, small towns and regional centres) and the ways it is currently taught in schools in the MDB region. The report consists of a literature review and synthesis of "place" and "sustainability" in the academic and policy literature that is pertinent to an international audience. Furthermore the report includes a document analysis of sustainability in education policy and curriculum for the six jurisdictions that span the MDB. This literature review provides a background for the analysis of "place" and "sustainability" in education programs by outlining the competing and multifaceted meanings in use for each term. As such the review encourages educators to engage with these complex means rather than fall back to one-dimensional interpretations. The document analysis reveals a disjuncture between the stated definition of sustainability in education policy and curriculum of the six jurisdictions that span the MDB and the practical actions proposed and curriculum links. Here it is revealed that a Triple Bottom Line definition of sustainability frames policy and curriculum while an environmentalist perspective is enacted through these same documents. Through this review we encourage educational workers to engage with complex and multifaceted means of sustainability. Seven appendices include: (1) Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative; (2) Measures and Indicators; (3) Glossary; (4) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Action Plan 2010-2014; (5) Definitions of Sustainability in each Curriculum Document; (6) Sustainability in each Jurisdictional Curriculum; and (7) Sustainability in Policy. [This Murray-Darling Basin futures research is supported through the Australian Government's Collaborative Research Networks (CRN) Program Additional funding and support has also been provided by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority.]
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia