ERIC Number: EJ1131438
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
Sustaining Education for Sustainability in Turbulent Times
Smith, Gregory A.; Stevenson, Robert B.
Journal of Environmental Education, v48 n2 p79-95 2017
A study of two schools in northern Australia demonstrated the impact on Education for Sustainability (EfS) initiatives of a disruptive policy environment set in motion by neoliberal reforms focused on standards, accountability, and international competitiveness. In one of the schools, a culture characterized by trust and an emphasis on cultivating teacher and student strengths and interests contributed to the resilience of these initiatives in the face of outside pressures. In the other, administrators preoccupied with the need to implement state mandates with fidelity failed to nurture and develop a collection of remarkable EfS projects and activities.
Descriptors: Sustainability, Sustainable Development, Neoliberalism, Educational Policy, Educational Change, Academic Standards, Accountability, Global Approach, Resilience (Psychology), Program Effectiveness, Institutional Characteristics, Interviews, Observation, School Effectiveness, Trust (Psychology), Organizational Culture, Communities of Practice, Educational Resources, School Surveys, Foreign Countries, Ethnography
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia