Educating Science Teachers for Sustainability

  • Susan K. Stratton
  • Rita Hagevik
  • Allan Feldman
  • Mark Bloom

Part of the ASTE Series in Science Education book series (ASTE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Introduction

  3. Preparing Science Teachers to Teach for Sustainability

  4. Science Teacher Education for Sustainability in Out-of-School Settings

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 141-141
    2. Emily Hestness, J. Randy McGinnis, Wayne Breslyn
      Pages 143-162
    3. Carlos Ormond, Milton McClaren, David Zandvliet, Patrick Robertson, Shannon Leddy, Colin Mayer et al.
      Pages 163-184
    4. George O’Brien, Kathleen Sparrow, Jennifer Morales, Jaeson Clayborn
      Pages 205-234
    5. Grant E. Gardner, Colleen Karl, Miriam Ferzli, Damian Shea, David Haase, Judy B. Day
      Pages 255-274
  5. International Voices on Science Teacher Education for Sustainability

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 295-295
    2. Michelle Lasen, Louisa Tomas, Hilary Whitehouse, Reesa Sorin, Neus (Snowy) Evans, Robert B. Stevenson
      Pages 323-346
    3. Ingela Bursjoo
      Pages 347-362
    4. Whitney Szmodis, Michael Russell, Alec M. Bodzin
      Pages 363-379
    5. Robert B. Stevenson, Jo-Anne Ferreira, Neus (Snowy) Evans, Julie Davis
      Pages 381-398
  6. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 443-443
    2. Susan K. Stratton, Rita Hagevik, Allan Feldman, Mark Bloom
      Pages 445-457
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 459-478

About this book


This volume contains a unique compilation of research and reflections representing multiple vantage points stemming from different parts of the world that can help science educators and teacher educators in finding ways to meaningfully and purposefully embed sustainability into teaching and learning. It is a rich resource for exploring and contextualizing sustainability-oriented science education. At this time we find ourselves in a situation in which the earth’s ecological system is under significant strain as a result of human activity. In the developed world people are asking “How can we maintain our current standard of living?” while those in the developing world are asking “How can we increase the quality of our lives?” all while trying to do what is necessary to mitigate the environmental problems. This volume responds to these questions with a focus on educating for sustainability, including historical and philosophical analyses, and pedagogical and practical applications in the context of science teacher preparation. Included are many examples of ways to educate science teachers for sustainability from authors across the globe. This text argues that issues of sustainability are increasingly important to our natural world, built world, national and international economics, and of course the political world. The ideas presented in the book provide examples for original, effective and necessary changes for envisioning educating science teachers for sustainability that will inform policy makers.


Climate change education Ecojustice Education for Sustainability Environmental education Ethnoscience Place based learning Science classroom Science education Science teacher education Science teacher preparation Science teacher training Sustainability Literacy Sustainability education Sustainable Development

Editors and affiliations

  • Susan K. Stratton
    • 1
  • Rita Hagevik
    • 2
  • Allan Feldman
    • 3
  • Mark Bloom
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Childhood and Early Childhood EducationState University of New York at CortlandCortlandUSA
  2. 2.Department of BiologyUniversity of North Carolina at PembrokePembrokeUSA
  3. 3.Department of Teaching and LearningUniversity of South FloridaTampaUSA
  4. 4.Department of BiologyDallas Baptist UniversityDallasUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-16410-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-16411-3
  • Series Print ISSN 2214-5435
  • Series Online ISSN 2214-5443
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