Towards eco-friendly communities and sustainability : a study of a government environmental education programme : research project report.
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Teaching and Learning
This qualitative case study reports on how the NSW Department of· Environment & Conservation and the Local Community Services Association, developed and delivered community education promoting sustainability. The Eco-friendly Communities programme is critically examined to determine whether it aligned with key objectives of the United Nations Agenda 21, Chapter 36, and the NSW state government's Learning for Sustainability education plan. The study also investigated whether the adult education delivered was effective in terms of meeting established principles. Interviews and document analysis were used because the writer sought to understand in depth how the partnership worked and which adult education pedagogies were employed. Six core issues are discussed. These are the contested term 'sustainability', social, economic and environmental connections, the lack of integration across sectors, models for delivering ESD, differences between ESD and EE and the value of social marketing as a tool for educators. This study provides a community education model capable of being transferred to other sectors, and examines the themes of leadership/direction, involvement and integration. Most importantly, it shows how an education programme can be structured to facilitate social change at three levels individual, organisational and community while still meeting wider objectives.