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What is Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

Handbook of Research on Global Issues in Next-Generation Teacher Education
Education for Sustainable Development is an education that aims to help people to develop the attitudes, skills and knowledge to make informed decisions for the benefit of themselves and others, now and in the future, and to act upon these decisions. ESD is hoped to meet the needs of the present without compromising those for future generations. It is a vision of development that encompasses populations, animals and plant species, ecosystems, natural resources and that integrates concerns such as the fight against poverty, gender [in] equality and human and animal rights are observed.
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A Teaching Philosophy: A Prerequisite for Effective Pedagogical Practices in Teacher Education
Anne W. Kanga (Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Kenya)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-9948-9.ch007
This chapter examines the importance of an educator's “teaching philosophy” as a major prerequisite for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in Teacher Education. The critical need for this examination is guided by the complex nature of challenges that educational institutions are continually faced with such as, diversity, students' awareness of their rights, ethnicity and negative ethnicity, information technology, capitalism and commodification of the educational enterprise, international competitiveness in both teaching and learning among others. Further, quality driven ESD programmes are currently a global concern. To guide this study were the following research questions: What is Sustainable Development/ (SD) and ESD? What is a teaching philosophy? What is the purpose of a teaching philosophy? What should inform an educator's teaching philosophy? In which ways can an educator implement his/her teaching philosophy? And, what characterizes a clear teaching philosophy? Finally, recommendations that can inform theory, policy and practice are presented.
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Sustainable Development in the Context of Higher Education: Approaches for Achieving Transformation
Teaching and learning that provides an understanding of interactions of social, economic, and environmental issues in order to equip people to live sustainably.
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Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in Higher Education
A process of integrating the principles and practices of sustainable development into all aspects of education and learning, to encourage changes in knowledge, values and attitudes with the vision of enabling a more sustainable and just society for all.
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Games and Gamification in Sustainability Learning: A Peer-Based Approach for Thai Design Education
Education that encourages changes in knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes to enable a more sustainable and just society for all.
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International Teacher Education Network: Innovation, Research, and Good Practices
An interdisciplinary approach to learning that covers the integrated social, economic, and environmental dimensions of the formal and informal curriculum. ESD involves a vision of education that seeks to empower people to assume responsibility for creating a sustainable future. It becomes a learning process or approach to teaching based on the ideals and principles that underlie sustainability and is concerned with all levels and types of learning to provide quality education and foster sustainable human development. The concept of culture is crucial in understanding ESD.
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Promoting Environmental Sustainability Among Students and Citizens for a Sustainable Future
Every person has the opportunity to learn the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values required to create a sustainable future through education for sustainable development.
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Stimulating Creativity and Innovation Through Apt Educational Policy
Education that encourages changes in knowledge, skills, values and attitudes to enable a more sustainable and just society for all.
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Resourcing an Ethical Global Issues Pedagogy With Secondary Teachers in Northern Europe
Education field concerned with the preparation of education systems to face global challenges, and the promotion of a sustainable future. The field of ESD is a contested one, and practice often takes on different and opposing approaches. In this chapter, we adopt a critical approach that is informed by decolonial theory. Critical approaches in ESD are often associated with the term Environmental and Sustainability Education.
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Sustainability Education Beyond the Classroom: How the “Exploding University” Nurtures Collective Intelligence Across Local and Global Communities
An approach to education that focuses on bringing global challenges such as climate change, economic inequality and biodiversity decline into teaching and learning. It requires participatory approaches and far-reaching changes to the curriculum.
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Multidisciplinary Perspectives of Sustainable Development: Achieving the SDGs in Higher Education Through OBE
A lifelong holistic and transformational learning process that empowers learners with the knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes to take informed decisions and make responsible actions for environmental integrity, economic viability, and a just society.
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