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Educational policy and practice for a changing climate: What are the options?

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This project aims to address questions about what kinds of changes or adaptations our education systems may need to make in the immediate and short-to-medium term future, in response to climate change. The goal will be to compile an overview of current thinking in this area, and present educators and educational policymakers with a set of options to consider. 

The project started in July 2019 with a scoping phase, intiation of a literature review, a development of a small number of questions  in the 2019 NZCER National Survey of primary and intermediate schools. Key informant interviews are planned.

The project is guided by the research questions below. These questions may be subject to further refinement during the scoping phase. The project will not necessarily address all the questions in the first year.

  • According to national, international, and indigenous perspectives, how could Aotearoa’s education systems and policies respond to climate change?
  • To what extent is climate change considered an urgent issue or priority in the education system (for schools, kura, and in terms of system-level educational policy and planning)
  • What can be learned from kura Māori and kaupapa Māori approaches and responses?
  • What are the implications or impacts of student-, school-,  and community-led climate responses for the educational system in Aotearoa New Zealand?
  • What might education look like in Aotearoa New Zealand, if climate change mitigation and adaptation were factored into policy and practice across the system?

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