Educating for Sustainability in Remote Locations

  • Chris Reading SiMERR National Research Centre, University of New England
  • Constance Khupe University of the Witwatersrand
  • Morag Redford University of Highlands and Islands
  • Dawn Wallin University of Saskatchewan
  • Tena Versland Montana State University
  • Neil Taylor University of New England (Australia)
  • Patrick Hampton Notre Dame University (Australia)
Keywords: rural education, sustainability, remote, innovation, global, Australia, South Africa, Canada, Scotland, Pacific Island Nations

Abstract

At a time when social, economic and political decisions, along with environmental events, challenge the viability of remote communities, educators need to better prepare young people in these communities to work towards sustainability. Remote locations can be defined by their inaccessibility rather than just distance from the nearest services, while the sustainability construct encapsulates a range of community needs: environmental, social, cultural and economic. This paper describes experiences that involve innovative approaches towards educating for sustainability in remote locations in six diverse countries: South Africa, Scotland, Canada, United States of America, Pacific Island Nations, and Australia. For each, the nature of what constitutes a “remote” location, as well as the detail and challenges of the innovation are presented. Readers should consider how they might more suitably educate the next generation to protect, showcase and learn from/with the local knowledges and capacities of the people and environments in remote locations.

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Author Biographies

Chris Reading, SiMERR National Research Centre, University of New England

Chris Reading is Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the SiMERR National Research Centre, University of New England (Australia).

Constance Khupe, University of the Witwatersrand

Constance Khupe is an Academic Advisor in the Office of Student Success, University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa).

Morag Redford, University of Highlands and Islands

 Morag Redford is Professor of Teacher Education at the University of Highlands and Islands (Scotland). Morag

Dawn Wallin, University of Saskatchewan

Dawn Wallin is Associate Dean and Professor of Educational Administration at the College of Education, University of Saskatchewan (Canada).

Tena Versland, Montana State University

Tena Versland is Associate Professor and Program Leader for Education Leadership at the Department of Education, Montana State University (United States of America).

Neil Taylor, University of New England (Australia)

Neil Taylor is Professor of Science and Technology Education at the School of Education, University of New England (Australia).

Patrick Hampton, Notre Dame University (Australia)

 Patrick Hampton is Senior Lecturer and Coordinator of Primary Programs at the School of Education, Notre Dame University (Australia).

Published
2019-07-24
How to Cite
Reading, C., Khupe, C., Redford, M., Wallin, D., Versland, T., Taylor, N., & Hampton, P. (2019). Educating for Sustainability in Remote Locations. The Rural Educator, 40(2), 43-53. https://doi.org/10.35608/ruraled.v40i2.849
Section
Research Articles