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Contributions to the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development

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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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Ana Sofia Almeida, is presently a Secondary School teacher in Portugal. She has concluded her Master thesis in 2006, as a researcher in CESAM (Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies, University of Aveiro). Her lines of interest are connected to Environmental Education and Ecology. As a teacher, she has always dedicated her attention to Educational subjects, concerning a connection between school curricula and investigative research. CESAM – Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies Department of Biology University of Aveiro 3810-193 Aveiro Portugal Contact e-mail: anasofiaalmeida@msn.com Maria Filomena Madeira Ferreira Amador, holds a PhD on Philosophy and Science Education from the Universidad Complutense (Madrid – Spain) (1994), and a BSc in Geology from the Universidade de Lisboa (1978). She is currently Assistant Professor with Aggregation in the Department of Science and Technology at Universidade Aberta and a researcher at the Centro de Geologia from the University of Porto, Portugal. Her main research and teaching areas include environmental education, science education, history and philosophy of science, and e-learning. She is now the vice-coordinator of of the Doctoral program in Social Sustainability and Development. Departamento de Ciências e Tecnologia Universidade Aberta Rua Escola Politécnica nº 141-147 1269-001 Lisbon Portugal Contact e-mail: famador@univ-ab.pt Ulisses Miranda Azeiteiro, was educated at the Aveiro University, Portugal, from which he received his Master Science Degree in 1994, Coimbra University, Portugal, where he received his Doctorate (PhD) in Ecology in 1999 and Universidade Aberta, Portugal, where he received his Aggregation in Biology in 2006. He holds an...

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