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ERIC Number: EJ1071653
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0085-0969
Post-Primary Education and Energy Literacy: An Analysis of the Potential for Geography Curricula to Contribute to Australian Students' Energy Literacy
Maddock, Brad; Kriewaldt, Jeana
Geographical Education, v27 p39-50 2014
Unparalleled amounts of energy derived from fossil fuels now drive societies and shape people's worldviews. Geography's unique perspectives have significant potential to expand understandings of the effects of production and consumption of energy by drawing on the concept of sustainability using an integrated systems approach. As citizens' energy choices are central to sustainability, the recent introduction of a national geography curriculum in Australia offers potential for developing energy literate young people by providing opportunities to address energy literacy concepts and issues. The focus of this paper is to examine the extent to which energy literacy concepts are present in the current Australian curriculum for Geography. Using document analysis within a grounded theory approach, this article analyses the Australian Curriculum: Geography, Levels 7, 8, 9 and 10 to assess the extent to which energy literacy concepts and issues could potentially be addressed. Data were open coded allowing categories to emerge, and relationships between categories were identified. The three major domain categories that arose are Energy and Society, Growth and Sustainability, and Energy and Environmental Change. Each takes related concepts that together enable richer means of analysis and understanding. This study found that though Australia's new geography curriculum has potential for developing energy literate young people, energy literacy is not explicitly articulated or mandated. Hence, the degree to which energy literacy is addressed in the post-primary classroom depends significantly on the teacher's own level of energy literacy and their inclination and capability to teach energy concepts and issues.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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