Sustainability and Educational Research: Working with teachers for curriculum relevance and intergenerational justice

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    In the Australian context of sustained environmental stressors on the social and economic sustainability of our large southern continent, education as government service plays a key role in securing the harmony and health of a national and international community. In this paper I present an account of a number of educational research studies over the past ten years that have focused on forms of educational practice that work with schools teachers and students towards a goal of strengthening the social and environmental fabric in nation building and re-building. I report here on two related educational research projects funded by the Australian Research Council, one focused on the development of pedagogical approaches that support environmental sustainability though place-based local activity in schools and communities across a large bio-region, the Murray-Darling River Basin, that is key to the nation's health, and the other that seeks to describe and elaborate the kinds of community and school leadership that enables remote and isolated schools to attract and retain high-quality teaching staff. From a perspective that positions the education of children at the heart of a eco-socially sustainable future, I argue that these sorts of challenges to dominant metro-centric educational policies and practices that deny the effects of location, post-colonial marginalization and environmental change need to be supported and nurtured in the interests of national and global sustainability .
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAPERA 2010
    Subtitle of host publicationEcology of Human Growth and Sustainable Social Development: Contributions from Educational Research and Innovation
    EditorsJ. Rajnarendran
    Place of PublicationAustralia
    Number of pages1
    Publication statusPublished - 2010
    EventAsia Pacific Educational Research Association Conference - Universite Sultan Idris, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Malaysia
    Duration: 22 Nov 201026 Nov 2010


    ConferenceAsia Pacific Educational Research Association Conference


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