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EDU20005: Sustainable Education and Perspectives

Assignment 1: Ecobiography

Word limit: 1500 (+/- 10%)
Weighting: 40%
Due date: 5pm AEST Monday 15 August 2022 (Week 6)

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Assignment overview
This assignment is designed to enable you to reflect on your understandings and attitudes about environmental sustainability. You’ll also consider how these experiences position you as a teacher and/or practitioner (in your chosen profession). Reflection is a vital skill in knowing and understanding who you are in order to better position yourself within the context of teaching and working within educational settings.
This assignment supports unit learning outcomes 1 and 2.
This assignment has three parts:
Part A: Educating for sustainability
Discuss the scope and purpose for educating for a sustainable future. You’ll need to:
 include a definition of sustainability
 summarise key reasons sustainability has become a focus point in recent
years and key principles of Educating for Sustainability (EfS)
Note: Use your readings from weeks one to five to support your discussion.
Part B: Reflection
In this section, you’re asked to critically reflect on your attitudes toward sustainable
perspectives and articulate what your core values are. You might consider the
following areas:
 Your ecological footprint from week one.
 What you feel to be the most important issues around environmental
 What you find challenging.
 Your doubts, concerns and questions.
Part C: Teaching/practice position

After reflecting on your personal beliefs and values, and the rationale behind
educating for a sustainable future, you need to consider how your understandings
impact your role as a teacher.
 How do your personal values conflict or align with principles of EfS?
 How and why do sustainable education perspectives impact upon the
professional responsibilities of teachers?
 How could you prepare children and young people to think and act for
sustainable futures?

Throughout your teaching journey, you will be required to use your relevant National and/or State or Territory Curriculum. To help you build capability in this area, and to help further prepare you for placements, here at Swinburne Online we allow you to choose whether you would like to use the relevant National and/or State or Territory
Curriculum in your Assignments. For further information specific to your assignments for this specific unit, please seek advice from your eLAs and/or your Unit Coordinator.

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