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Sustainability Education: A Classroom Guide

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Sustainability Education: A Classroom Guide provides an accessible, in-depth guide and critique of sustainability education for school and university students, teachers, curriculum makers and school governors working around the world with children aged 3- to 14-years old. 

Informed by research findings and learning theory, it provides a progressive framework for sustainability education spanning all subject areas and applicable in a wide range of settings. There are over 180 age-related teaching ideas on topics such as conservation, health, food, wildlife, climate change, social justice and sustainable living, as well as provocative questions designed to stimulate educational debate. 

Written by two highly experienced UK-based educators, it draws together specially commissioned contributions from Australia, Israel, Norway, South Africa, the UK and the USA. Key concepts and links to the UN Global Goals (SDGs), are highlighted throughout. 

A companion website offers an extensive toolkit of specially prepared PowerPoint presentations and details of over 100 lectures, reports, picture books, websites and classroom and INSET teaching resources.

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Stephen Scoffham is Visiting Reader in Sustainability and Education at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK and was President of the UK Geographical Association (2018-19).

Steve Rawlinson is Chair of the Primary Geography Editorial Board and was President of the Geographical Association (2015-16). For many years he worked as an Initial Teacher Education Tutor at Northumbria University, UK.

Contributors: Ben Ballin (Educational Consultant, UK) | Patty Born (Hamline University, USA) | Richard Hatwood (Denbighshire County Council, UK) | Elena Lengthorn (University of Worcester, UK) | Paula Owens (Educational Consultant, UK) | Hilde Tornby (Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway) | Sharon Witt and Helen Clarke (Independent Scholars, @attention2place, UK) | Yocheved Yorkovsky (Gordon College of Education, Israel) | Natasha Ziebell (University of Melbourne, Australia)

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Environment and Sustainability

Age Ranges

Early Years: ages 3-5, KS1: ages 5-7, KS2: ages 7-11, KS3: ages 11-14


Art and design, Business studies / management, Citizenship, Computing / ICT, Design and technology, Drama, Economics, English / literacy, English: ESOL / EAL, English: literature / story, Food and Nutrition, Geography, Geography: maps / atlases, History, Languages, Maths / numeracy, Media studies, Music, PE / dance, Philosophy / P4C / Critical thinking, Politics, PSHE / PSE / PSED, RE / RS, Science, Assembly, Spiritual, moral, social, cultural (SMSC), Tutor/Form Groups

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