Teaching and Learning About Environmental Sustainability: An Australian University Perspective

Dr. Barbara M. Odgers
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Pre-service Elementary school teachers in a university in Australia studied a hands-on Environmental course of one semester in the third year of a four year Bachelor of Education. The course contained a waterwatch program where students investigated the water quality of a local waterway and bush regeneration where students worked with local community habitat groups. The course also contained a sustainability forum in which the students prepared and presented papers on various aspects of sustainability. Students’ attitudes and behaviour to sustainable environmental issues and practices before and after the course were canvassed in a 30 item questionnaire.

Keywords: Teaching & learning sustainability, Pre-service Elementary teachers, attitudes and behaviours
Stream: Social Sustainability
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Teaching and Learning about Environmental Sustainability

Dr. Barbara M. Odgers

Lecturer in Science Education, School of Education , Brisbane Campus, Australina Catholic University

Dr Barbara M Odgers is a lecturer in the School of Education at Australian Catholic University, Brisbane Campus. Her major teaching areas are Science Education for pre-service primary and secondary school teachers and environmental studies. Her research interest are beliefs about the nature of science, science education, self efficacy and disturbance ecology.

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