Teaching and Learning About Environmental Sustainability: An Australian University Perspective
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
Dr. Barbara M. Odgers
Lecturer in Science Education, School of Education , Brisbane Campus, Australina Catholic University