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Why Environmental Management?

The benefits of teaching environmental management in school.

Environmental Management or Education (EM) teaches students about the natural and built-up world around them. It raises their understanding of the impacts that we, as a species, have on the natural environment, and what we can do to make our activities more sustainable.

Environmental education stimulates critical thinking, it challenges the students to think “outside the box” and to understand the far-reaching knock-on effects of a singular event. It is not a subject that tells a student how to think, it is a subject that asks the student to think, and form their own opinions on a sound knowledge base. As a result, it increases the students’ ability to create sound arguments in this and other content-based subjects.

Not only does it improve critical thinking, it also exposes students to global ecological, social, economic, political and cultural issues. Meaning that they are learning outside of their sphere and making applied connections with the “real world”. It is bigger than the classroom, and encourages tolerance and understanding as it gets students to investigate ideas from different viewpoints in order to construct a full picture.

Students learn to understand the foundations of change management through learning how personal decisions and actions can impact the environment. How can we make sure that we preserve for future generations the planet that we enjoy today? What actions can they take as individuals or as a group to encourage sustainable change?

EM at school can lead to a variety of careers after school as it offers a platform for gaining applied knowledge of the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). It also supplies the students with the skills that are essential for succeeding outside in the workplace, such as problem-solving, questioning, analysing, interpreting, reasoning, applying, investigating and developing conclusions. Within those skills are the foundations for leadership qualities as they all support cooperative discussion, thinking and learning with applicable outcomes. Therefore, it encourages the development of a new generation of informed consumers, workers and policy makers.

Rundle College has had Environmental Management as one of the AS subjects since 2015, and has had 4 students achieve top in country awards in 5 years. Those students have all gone on to excel at university, both locally and overseas. Of the 2019 AS class, 4 of the 9 students went on to pursue studies in the Environmental field. Their interest and passion for their planet that has a foundation in the classroom has led them to wanting to understand more and to be able to contribute to the future of our planet.

Ms Scott
Georgraphy and Environmental Management

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