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Modelling what we value

Education for sustainability is not values free. Core EfS values are closely related to the values found in the curriculum. Students expect to find congruence between the values their teacher promotes and the way that teacher teaches.

Teachers of sustainability teach for values (in other words, that values are important and influence our behaviour) and about values (the values that underpin sustainability).

Importantly, because EfS requires students to examine their own values and those of others, teachers need to be respectful of those values. By modelling respect, teachers demonstrate an integrity that gives students the confidence to be honest.

For examples of how the values of the New Zealand curriculum are fundamental to EfS and EfS teaching, see EfS and the values of the New Zealand curriculum.

Last updated April 22, 2015