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Sustainability in education: Building long term
solutions for seven Western Australian schools

Project Title

Sustainability in education: Building long term solutions. Linking technology, science and mathematics outcomes for seven Western Australian schools

Project Coordinator

Professor Sue Trinidad



Funding Agency Australian School Innovation in Science, Technology and Mathematics (ASISTM) Project (Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST))


As part of the federal government Australian School Innovation in Science, Technology and Mathematics (ASISTM) Project, this particular project aimed to enhance the teaching and learning of science, technology and mathematics through a focus on environmental awareness and sustainability. Through adopting an 'advocacy in action' approach in which students participated in environmental advocacy events linked to science, technology and mathematics, school-designed curricula were developed through integration across learning areas and through connections to local environmental sustainability issues.


The project involved teachers from a cluster of seven schools, who worked with Curtin University students and lecturers to develop curricula that embed skills, knowledge and values related to 'sustainability'. Schools produced case study resources and materials online, and professional development was provided for teachers within cluster schools, rural schools and other schools through the outcomes of the project. The schools presented their projects in Perth in July 2007 at the World Conference on Science and Technology Education: Sustainable, Responsible, Global. The school projects included: examining a daily 'environmental footprint' to promote sustainable practices in water, energy, pollution and recycling; examining the effects of air pollution and the use of alternative energy sources; developing a portable water quality testing 'suitcase' of scientific materials; developing healthier living through mind, body and spiritual aspects of environmental awareness; reducing school waste; inventing products and processes to solve particular environmental problems; and developing online materials and resources for sustainability themes.
Benefits to Rural and Regional Education
This project has enabled a set of teaching resources in the form of seven case studies to be developed for schools, and thereby made available to regional and remote schools that generally do not have the opportunity to participate in such projects. The practical nature of the activities can serve as models for school curriculum development that is relevant to a school's unique social and geographical context.

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