Teaching the Language of Climate Change Science

Julie Hayes, Bronwyn Parkin

We are seeing how climate change is strengthening our storms, wildfires, and heatwaves. We need to join with others globally to take action against climate change. Teachers have an important role to play in preparing students to do just that.

Teaching the language of climate change science provides teachers with the support to facilitate these big conversations in the classroom, demonstrating how scientific concepts are developed through the language they use and then strategically hand over to their students.

It makes the links between the Australian Curriculum: Science and the Sustainability cross-curriculum priority, with a focus on developing students’ oral and written language. It includes reliable resources and examples, including focus texts that identify the important language students will need to master, with additional activities and inquiries to guide their learning.

Finally, this text includes important actions that schools, or individual teachers and their students can take to help mitigate climate change, empowering students of all ages to make a difference.

Judge’s Comment

Teaching the Language of Climate Change Science is a well-designed and engaging resource that combines theory and practical action to bring the teaching and language of climate change to the Australian context. It provides a pathway for climate education in the form of a teaching and learning progression that also addresses curriculum outcomes in science and literacy. A highly relevant and cohesive resource, it equips today’s teachers with everything they need to address this important topic in their classrooms.

Winner, Reference Resource
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22 March 2021
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