Scholars argue that effective education for sustainability (EfS – the preferred name in Australia) requires a re-imagination of pedagogy from traditional transmissive approaches to active and participatory student-centred teaching methods (Cotton andWinter 2010; Sterling 2004, 2012; Tilbury and Cooke 2005). Referred to as sustainability pedagogies (Cotton andWinter 2010; Sterling 2012), examples include role-plays and simulations, group discussions, stimulus activities, debates, critical incidents, case studies, reflexive accounts, critical reading and writing, problem-based learning, and futures visioning. Within higher education, however, such teaching and learning methods are found to be more aspirational than actual, with research identifying limited relevance, tensions between different approaches and conflict with conventional pedagogies as reasons for resistance (Christie et al. 2012; Cotton et al. 2009; Cotton et al. 2007). If sustainability pedagogies are being applied the processes and realities of application are poorly understood due to a lack of published empirical studies providing comparative and evaluative overviews of practice, or describing and reflecting on the processes, methods, outcomes and challenges (Tilbury 2011). This chapter begins to address this gap by tracing my experiences, as a first year lecturer with
a research background in EfS, during a first attempt to operationalise the concept of sustainability pedagogies within a core first year undergraduate sustainability education subject offered to pre-service teachers at a regional Australian university. The chapter begins by drawing on evidence from student-centred active teaching research and the development of sustainability pedagogies more broadly, then outlines the particular frameworks, theories, methods and processes underpinning my practice, and concludes with a personal reflection outlining the major challenges faced and how these may inform future research and practice of sustainability pedagogies.