Survey

In September 2013, SEPN-Canada began in-depth examinations of how sustainability-related education policy and practice are being experienced at local, regional, and national levels by stakeholders across the education system. The research included a national survey.

 

Survey Objective

To examine sustainability practices and factors influencing policy development and implementation across the K-12 and PSE education systems in Canada. This includes examining respondents’ awareness of existing educational policies and practices focusing on sustainability education and views on barriers and facilitators of sustainability uptake across the Canadian education system.

 

Data Collection

Comprised of two parts, the survey examined sustainability practices and factors that may have influenced policy development and implementation across the K-12 and PSE education systems in Canada.

Data were collected from 1004 participants at the K-12 (teachers, principals, administrators, facilities staff, sustainability staff, directors/superintendents of education, and ministers of education) and PSE (students, faculty/sessional instructors, facilities staff, sustainability staff, and university presidents) levels in Fall 2014.

By examining the relationships between sustainability policies and sustainability practices as well as the drivers and barriers that led to their development, SEPN will be able to develop a greater understanding of facilitators and barriers associated with enacting education policies related to sustainability.