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ERIC Number: EJ839829
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Aug
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1038-2046
Not Yet Learning for Sustainability: The Challenge of Environmental Education in a University
Pearson, Stuart; Honeywood, Steven; O'Toole, Mitch
International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, v14 n3 p173-186 Aug 2005
The pathway for achieving sustainability outcomes in environmental education is littered with difficulty. The experience in this particular case study provides insight into the difficulties of sustainability education and the need for effective formal and informal delivery at various places in the society. Schools and universities are key components of the formal delivery of environmental education yet they do not always provide effective environmental and sustainability learning. An overview of the secondary school curriculum in New South Wales and a detailed case study from the University of Newcastle show that the main problems are an overloaded school curriculum and an inability to develop transdisciplinary learning at that university. The current formal teaching of sustainability leads to variable school outcomes. Of more concern, the university sector lags the rapidly advancing sustainability values of business, community and government. Universities may act as impediments on the pathway to sustainability. Reinvigoration of environmental and sustainability learning requires major structural changes that foster transdisciplinary curriculum development, using fieldwork and real environmental problems to realign delivery to a focus on students, and realigning organisations to promote diversity. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Australia