‘I tend to be very gentle’: how teachers are navigating climate change in the classroom

Sat, 30 Sep 2023 19:31:50 +1000

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam

"Climate change education is increasingly seen as an essential part of

The main international test of 15-year-olds’ progress (which Australia
participates in) has just announced the next round of testing will include
environmental knowledge alongside English, maths and science literacy.

Australia’s national curriculum (updated last year under the Morrison
government) barely mentions climate change. But as a signatory to the United
Nations Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Agreement, we have committed to
develop climate change education policies.

Regardless of what policies or curricula say, our climate is changing. As
scientists keep reminding us, urgent action is required.

In our new research, we interviewed nine primary and high school teachers about
how they include climate change in their teaching.

We found teachers are becoming the bearers of bad news in the classroom as
young people learn about the climate crisis, and they need better training and
more support."

       *** Xanni ***
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net               Andrew Pam
http://xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
https://glasswings.com.au/            Partner, Glass Wings
https://sericyb.com.au/               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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