Community and school understandings…
Community and school understandings of sustainability : survey summary
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This work was conducted for the ‘Towards Place Based Education in the Murray-Darling Basin’ project as part of the MDBfutures Collaborative Research Network. The Towards Place based Education in the Murray-Darling Basin project survey was aimed at gathering understandings of sustainability held by community groups within the MDB. The survey was conducted in two parts, a community & non-government school survey and a second government school survey. This split reflected the unique ethics approval processes for conducting research with government schools. Nongovernment school results were subsequently moved and included in the school analysis... A central hypothesis of this research was the notion that rural schooling was informed by values that do not necessarily reflect those of their communities. This was seen as a potential point of conflict between schools and rural communities. As meanings of sustainability can be unclear and contested (see section 1.2), an important component of this project was to uncover just what respondents mean by sustainability and what it means for their organisation. These understandings can then be used by policy makers and those implementing policies in local contexts to work from local meanings, rather than against them.
Australia; community survey; rural groups; sustainability; obstacles
Australia : University of Canberra
University of Canberra, Faculty of Education, Science, Technology & Mathematics
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