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Contributions to the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development

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Edited By Fernando J. Gonçalves, Ruth Pereira and Walter Leal Filho

This book presents essential learning approaches. It introduces educational and training activities, as well as various innovative methods aiming at the development of practical skills, in order to strengthen the continuous process of environmental education, and in particular the education for sustainable development (ESD). In doing so, it focuses on three dimensions (social, economic and environmental) as a means of achieving an effective change of behaviour and «tries to bridge the gap between science and environmental education by describing a set of projects, initiatives and field activities». A special emphasis is put on teacher training programmes, conception, and implementation, highlighting the problems and barriers, which prevent development as far as integration of sustainability issues in higher education is concerned.

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Foreword by the Editors ....................................................................................... 9 Chapter 1 The Need for Contributions to the Decade of Education for a Sustainable Future: an Ethical Commitment Amparo Vilches, Luís Marques, Daniel Gil-Pérez, João Praia ..................... 11 Chapter 2 Evolutionary Foundations for Sustainability and Environmental Ethics – Some Reflections on the Origin of Goodness and the Future of Environmental Education Marina Prieto Afonso Lencastre .................................................................... 33 Chapter 3 Implementing Sustainable Development in Higher Education Walter Leal Filho, Evangelos Manolas .......................................................... 47 Chapter 4 An Assessment of Requirements to Reframe Science Education towards Education for Sustainable Development Maria Arminda Pedrosa ................................................................................. 71 Chapter 5 Education for Sustainable Development Indicators, Competences and Science Education Ana Capelo, Maria Conceição Santos, Maria Arminda Pedrosa .................. 99 Chapter 6 Experimental Science Activities and Environmental Education: A pivotal bridge Sofia Marques, Ruth Pereira, Fernando Gonçalves .................................... 125 6 Table of Contents Chapter 7 Eco-Schools: Development of Assessment Tools João Gomes, Sandra Caeiro, Filomena Amador ......................................... 143 Chapter 8 Education for Sustainable Development in Primary Schools: Contributions from the Development of a Teacher Training Program Patricia Sá, Isabel P. Martins ...................................................................... 163 Chapter 9 The Relevance of Learning Strategies Relying on Investigative and Experimental Premises for Sciences Teaching: a Case Study with Junior School Students Fernanda Luísa Lopes, Joana Luísa Pereira, Fernando Gonçalves, António Veríssimo, Rui Ribeiro .................................................................... 191 Chapter 10 Effectiveness of Outdoor Practices on Environmental Sustainability Ana Sofia Almeida, Ana Marta Gonçalves, Ulisses Miranda Azeiteiro, Fernando Gonçalves .................................................................................... 213 Chapter 11 “Questions in Biology” Designing an Online...

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