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Professor JellyBean, freaky fun science, experiments, science parties, science incursion workshops

  • Professor JellyBean has been providing fun, interactive science workshops to children since 2005: www.freakyfunscience.com 



  • Sherry and Marissa appreciate the pivotal role that education for sustainability contributes for present and future generations.   


  • This website and it's documents and resources have been created by Sherry and Marissa to assist the educational sector (particularly Primary School).


  • This is not a business venture of Professor JellyBean as they believe that any attempt at creating a Whole-School Sustainability Action Plan should be shared freely to strengthen our common goals for a sustainable future.


  •  "We hope this site and its free resources will inspire school stakeholders to take action for sustainable development. Addressing the 'uncomfortable truths' of climate change is vital to ensure children can thrive in a climate changed world. They will be inheriting a world quite different to the one we have known."

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About Sustainability

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Sustainability Definition:

This is often seen as a vision rather than as a definition. Below are some of the definitions of sustainable development (sustainability quotes) 


“Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” Brundtland Commission Report (1987-Our Common Future) 



Sustainable Development is also described as “thinking about forever” (UNESCO, 2002)


Sustainable development involves working towards a world that is: · Ecologically · Socially · Economically · & Politically Sustainable (Fien, 2004; Earth Charter, 2000)


“Sustainability should not be considered an abstract concept but a common way of action of our daily life.” (Siren Qemuge; The Contribution of Early Childhood Education to a Sustainable Society: UNESCO 2008)  



About the Global goals

About Education for Sustainability

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  • “Education for sustainability develops the knowledge, skills, values and world views necessary for people to act in ways that contribute to more sustainable patterns of living. It enables individuals and communities to reflect on ways of interpreting and engaging with the world. Sustainability education is futures-oriented, focusing on protecting environments and creating a more ecologically and socially just world through informed action. Actions that support more sustainable patterns of living require consideration of environmental, social, cultural and economic systems and their interdependence.” ACARA, 

http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/crosscurriculumpriorities/sustainability/overview 


  • The Whole-School Earth Action Plan does not provide curriculum material, although we can offer advice as to where to find this. The activities/initiatives of the Earth Action Plan will, however, enrich the Sustainability Cross Curriculum Priority.


  • The Earth Charter Initiative forges new paths in education for sustainable development, global citizenship education, and emerging leadership paradigm. It is a unique place that helps professionals build the capacity to integrate the knowledge, values and skills needed for a sustainable way of life into education, life-long learning and planning.

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What is a Whole-school approach?

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A whole-school approach for sustainability requires an educational institution to include action for sustainability in all aspects of schooling. This includes school governance, integration within the curriculum, implementation and management of the physical properties of the school and collaboration with like minded organisations and the broader community. 


 Involve all school community stake-holders! 

The active involvement of all school stake-holders is required. Stakeholders include students, teachers, Principal, school staff at all levels and the wider school community such as families and community members. 

The active involvement of all school stake-holders is key to the successful implementation of the Whole-School Approach

 

 

ABOUT THE RESOURCES "FREE STUFF"

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On various pages of this website, you will find informative PDF downloads to assist your school to successfully launch a whole-school sustainability action plan. We are currently working on many of these manuals so at this time, not all manuals are currently available. 

FREE MANUALS

ABOUT THE VIDEOS

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We are currently developing the YouTube video channel. Thank you for your patience.



youtube channel

about sustainable Behaviour

The Pyschology of Sustainable Behaviour

In-order to successfully foster sustainable behaviours, it's important to gain some insight into the psychology of behaviour so that sustainable behaviour can become the new ‘norm’ for school stakeholders. We like the term 'social default' which was coined for creating new norms by Christie Manning, Ph.D. in her document, “The Psychology of Sustainable Behaviour.”  


For further reading click on the APS link to the Australian Psychological Society web-page about our behaviours to climate change and how to talk with children about climate change.

APS "Believe in Change"

Behaviour Change Intervention Tools

Psychological research has shown that, knowledge of an issue is not enough to motivate people to act: Experiences that create an emotional response are more likely to create a change in behaviour. It's hoped that the use of well researched behaviour change intervention tools throughout the experiences of the Earth Action Plan will influence long term sustainable behaviour change. 

Behaviour Change Intervention Tools

In most instances, the behaviour change tools utilised in the Whole-School Earth Action Plan are: Commitments, Norm Appeals, Prompts, Incentives/Rewards and Feedback. When these tools are used together, they become very effective for fostering sustainable behaviours. 

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