"Roll Up Your Sleeves and Get At It!" Climate Change Education in Teacher Education

Paul Berger, Natalie Gerum, Martha Moon


We present findings from research on a nine-week elective course, Climate Change Pedagogy, taught for the first time in the Bachelor of Education program at Lakehead University in Winter 2014. After reviewing literature on what is needed for effective teaching about climate change and some of the neoliberal barriers to this teaching, we draw on interview and questionnaire data to describe successful aspects of the course and barriers to teaching about climate change. Participants said openness and a welcoming environment were important and they appreciated the relevance of course content and pedagogy to their future teaching in various grades and subjects. Barriers to teaching about climate change include teacher candidates’ lack of knowledge and concerns about the “political” nature of climate change education. Many participants said that the course should be longer and mandatory for all teacher candidates.

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