The Making of a Sustainable School: Learnings from Western Springs College

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dc.contributor.advisor Harre, N en Khan, Shagoofa en 2019-10-07T22:41:24Z en 2019 en
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dc.description.abstract The study aimed to explore the factors that are driving sustainable practices at Western Springs College. A qualitative method was used to collect data from the cohort, which consisted of students from the mainstream school alongside teachers, Rumaki students, Board of Trustee's members, the principal, the ground staff, ex-students, and educators from Auckland Council, as well as participants from the organizations of other external stakeholders. Two techniques, the Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis as well as a Thematic Analysis were used to obtain data from interviews. The findings show there to be a total of ten main themes, which are directing sustainable decision making, and practices at Western Springs College. The ten themes found in the study are: (1) people - those in the school as well as others associated with the school, (2) student leadership, (3) The school's mission statement, as well as the (4) activities and events that are connected to the school. There is also (5) the curriculum, (6) the presence of Te Ao Māori, (7) physical structures, (8) the school's liberal culture, (9) The reflection of biculturalism and the prevalence of (10) modelling behaviour. The conclusions drawn from this research claim Western Springs College to be a school that has found ways to make more informed sustainable decisions because of numerous interacting mechanisms, such as the ten themes that were found in this study. Participants who were interviewed showed high levels of engagement and awareness by participating in activities, events and curriculum that endorse sustainability. Western Springs College's sustainability endeavours sit within a more complex social context. However, the findings of this study show that by attempting to understand the sustainability endeavours at one school we can derive lessons that are of value to others schools in their efforts to be sustainable. en
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dc.relation.ispartof Masters Thesis - University of Auckland en
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dc.title The Making of a Sustainable School: Learnings from Western Springs College en
dc.type Thesis en Psychology en The University of Auckland en Masters en
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pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2019-10-08 en

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