Educating for Sustainability in Primary Schools

Teaching for the Future

  • Neil Taylor
  • Frances Quinn
  • Chris Eames

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
    1. Neil Taylor, Frances Quinn, Chris Eames
      Pages 1-11
  2. Pedagogical Considerations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Frances Quinn, Michael Littledyke, Neil Taylor
      Pages 15-31
    3. Kathy Jenkins
      Pages 33-43
    4. Nadine McCrea, Ros Littledyke
      Pages 45-63
  3. Learning Areas

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-89
    2. Frances Quinn, Sue Elliott, Neil Taylor, Michael Littledyke
      Pages 91-119
    3. Chris Eames, John Lockley, Louise Milne
      Pages 121-134
    4. Lynn Everett, Genevieve Noone, Margaret Brooks, Ros Littledyke
      Pages 221-245
    5. Elizabeth Mcneil, Judith Miller, Michael Littledyke
      Pages 247-265
  4. Cross-Curricular Approaches

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 267-267
    2. Bruce Mcmullen, Peter Fletcher
      Pages 269-302
    3. Jenny Ritchie, Robyn Bull, Whaea Carol Smith, Felicity Evans, Aunty Vera Sullivan, Andrea Marschke et al.
      Pages 303-321
    4. Julie Kennelly, Sue Elliott
      Pages 323-343
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 355-369

About this book


Education for Sustainability is a key priority in today’s schools, as our society seeks to find a balance between environmental, social, cultural, political and economic imperatives that affect our future. As young children will become the next generation of adults, it is vital that they are educated about sustainability issues, so that they can learn to make informed decisions and take positive action for a sustainable world. Teachers are ideally placed to educate for sustainability issues, and indeed have a responsibility to do so. However, they often lack support and experience in this area, and constraints of current curriculum priorities can inhibit Education for Sustainability being taught effectively in many classrooms.

Educating for Sustainability in Primary Schools: Teaching for the Future addresses this problem by showing how Education for Sustainability can be developed within and across all areas of the primary curriculum in the Australian and New Zealand contexts. The book provides a range of educational approaches and examples of activities to support teachers in addressing national requirements for teaching the major primary curriculum learning areas, while simultaneously educating for sustainability. This integrative approach to primary education can promote knowledge of, positive attitudes towards and suitable action for sustainability in relevant, meaningful, enjoyable and creative ways. This book is a valuable resource for all primary teachers who wish to make a real difference to educating children for the future.


Australia Education New Zealand curriculum learning sustainability,

Editors and affiliations

  • Neil Taylor
    • 1
  • Frances Quinn
    • 2
  • Chris Eames
    • 3
  1. 1.University of New EnglandAustralia
  2. 2.University of New EnglandAustralia
  3. 3.University of WaikatoNew Zealand

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