This document showcases the content descriptions and elaborations for the Australian Curriculum (Secondary Schools) that address the Sustainability cross-curriculum priority.
The Australian Curriculum has a three-dimensional structure encompassing disciplinary knowledge, general capabilities; and cross-curriculum priorities.
The Australian Curriculum identifies sustainability as a key area to be addressed for the benefit of both individuals and Australia as a whole. As such, sustainability has been included as a cross-curriculum priority in the Australian Curriculum and is intended to enrich the curriculum through the development of considered and focused content that fits naturally within learning areas.
This cross-curriculum priority enables teachers to deliver the learning area content at the same time as students develop knowledge, understandings and skills about learning how to live more sustainably.
The Australian Association for Environmental Education (AAEE) has mapped the content descriptions and elaborations for the Australian Curriculum with advice from our members to demonstrate the connections between sustainability and core concepts in the Australian Curriculum.
Elaborations which are italicized are new and not cited in ACARA's Australian Curriculum. AAEE thanks Dr Sue Elliot for making these available.
This work is intended to assist teachers in preparing and using appropriate classroom materials with a sustainability focus.
We encourage teachers to expand on the ideas here and to contribute them to future editions of this AAEE resource.
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