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Informing early childhood educators to promote learning about the environment

Child in field

This research received a ‘High’ rating for impact in the Australian Research Council’s Engagement and Impact Assessment 2018-2019 National Report

Overview of Impact

Australian preschool and school teachers are required to teach their students about sustainability and encourage positive environmental behaviours. In response, Southern Cross University and partners developed a preschool program that integrated learning about sustainability and healthy eating through different types of play.

The research was successful in increasing children’s environmental knowledge and shifting environmental behaviours. Southern Cross University also involved children and young people in writing teaching programs for schools, developing art exhibitions, networking about environmental matters online and taking part in a Climate Change Challenge. Southern Cross University wrote books and articles and gave seminars about sustainability teaching programs for teachers and trainee teachers around the world.

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