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ED1411 - Foundations of Sustainability in Education

Credit points: 3
Year: 2015
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: College of Arts, Society & Education

Limited offering available to RATEP students only. External offering available only to students enrolled in the BEd (Early Childhood Education)

This subject provides an introduction to principles and practices of science and sustainability education for children from birth to year 6. The subject investigates interrelationships between chemical, biophysical, economic, social and political systems; the complex mechanisms that lead to degradation of these systems; and, resultant risks to human well-being. The subject draws upon the natural and social sciences and geographic and temporal scales to explore topics related to climate change, energy, water, biodiversity, agriculture and population health. The subject provides early childhood and primary pre-service teachers with foundational scientific knowledge and understanding as well as awareness of scientific inquiry and environmental and social decision-making and policy processes. The subject engages students in aspects of systemic and critical thinking, problem solving, active citizenship and community partnerships in order to ready them for curriculum studies in the Learning Areas of Science, and Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS), and, in turn, inspire them to educate for local and global sustainability.

Learning Outcomes

  • develop evidence-informed values and positions relating to sustainability through active citizenship, critical and systemic thinking, and reflection;
  • explore how the design and implementation of engaging and intellectually challenging learning experiences promotes the development of scientific literacy;
  • recall, apply and communicate concepts and procedures of science and sustainability through multiple modes and genres to local and global contexts;
  • demonstrate Australian Professional Standards for Teachers at an introduced level;
  • engage with the Early Years Learning Framework (Early Childhood preservice teachers only) and the F-10 Australian Curriculum to identify implications of education for sustainability for classroom practice, including envisaging a better future and partnerships for change.

Availabilities

Cairns, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 27-Aug-2015
Coordinator: Dr Tanya Doyle
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Snowy Evans, Dr Marcia Thorne.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures - 2 hours/week
  • 13 hours tutorials - Commence Week 2;
Assessment: science journal, report and reflection (20%); sustainability inquiry and web story (40%); centrally-administered final exam (40%).

JCU Singapore, Study Period 52, Internal
Census Date 30-Jul-2015
Coordinator: Dr Tanya Doyle
Lecturers: Dr Tanya Doyle, Miss Celina Lin.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures - Lectures 2hrs per week
  • 13 hours tutorials - Tutorials 1hr per week
Assessment: science journal, report and reflection (20%); sustainability inquiry and web story (40%); centrally-administered final exam (40%).
Restrictions: An enrolment quota applies to this offering.

Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 27-Aug-2015
Coordinator: Dr Tanya Doyle, Assoc. Professor Louisa Tomas Engel
Lecturers: Dr Tanya Doyle, Assoc. Professor Louisa Tomas Engel.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures - 2 hours/week
  • 13 hours tutorials - Commence Week 2
Assessment: science journal, report and reflection (20%); sustainability inquiry and web story (40%); centrally-administered final exam (40%).

Townsville, Study Period 2, Limited
Census Date 27-Aug-2015
Face to face teaching (Online tutorial attendance at RATEP site as per schedule to be advised)
Coordinator: Dr Tanya Doyle, Assoc. Professor Louisa Tomas Engel
Lecturers: Dr Tanya Doyle, Assoc. Professor Louisa Tomas Engel.
Workload expectations:
  • 13 hours - collaborate tutorials
Assessment: science journal, report and reflection (20%); sustainability inquiry and web story (40%); centrally-administered final exam (40%).

Study Period 2, External
Census Date 27-Aug-2015
Coordinator: Dr Tanya Doyle, Assoc. Professor Louisa Tomas Engel
Lecturers: Dr Tanya Doyle, Assoc. Professor Louisa Tomas Engel, Assoc. Professor Snowy Evans.
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU
Assessment: science journal, report and reflection (20%); sustainability inquiry and web story (40%); centrally-administered final exam (40%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.