Australian Government Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, May 2010
About this document
Education for sustainability helps students learn to design and implement actions that can contribute to a more sustainable future.
The incorporation of sustainability into learning has been occurring for some time by teachers and state and territory education and environment agencies. These initiatives, along with the advent of the first Australian Curriculum, which includes sustainability as a cross-curriculum dimension, provided the impetus for the development of the Sustainability Curriculum Framework.
The document provides information and guidance to curriculum developers and policy makers on how education for sustainability may be effectively incorporated into curriculum. It achieves this through a framework that describes what students may need to learn to live sustainably, and considers the most appropriate times and environments in which these learnings should occur.
The framework has been structured into three broad year groupings (K-2, 3-6 and 7-10) to give curriculum developers flexibility to align the framework’s content across learning areas and enable in-depth focused teaching in particular years.
The document is not intended to specify how education for sustainability will be taught across the curriculum.
Penshurst West Public School student using smart board
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