Educating for Cultural Sustainability


  • Chris Reading SiMERR National Research Centre, Unviersity of New England
  • Morag Redford University of the Highlands and Islands



The importance of culture as a pillar of cultural sustainability needs to be better recognised and appreciated, especially in rural areas. Everyone has a responsibility to prepare future generations for living in our culturally complex world BUT educators especially must step up and take a pivotal role in ensuring future generations appreciate the importance of cultural sustainability. The nine papers selected for inclusion in this Special Issue provide the opportunity to share just some of the thought-provoking research and practice that was shared at ISFIRE2021 Educating for Cultural Sustainability: Innovation for the Future. A clearer focus on culture can be achieved within schools by transforming curriculum, teaching practice, and the way that school performance is assessed. For teachers, bringing culture to the fore in professional learning and teacher preparation, can facilitate the development of a better rural sense of belonging and ultimately improve teacher retention in rural areas. In particular, prioritising Indigenous languages and creating more Indigenous language resources will help to bring Indigenous languages to the forefront in schools.




How to Cite

Reading, C., & Redford, M. (2022). Educating for Cultural Sustainability. Australian and International Journal of Rural Education, 32(2), i-iv.