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World Trends in Education for Sustainable Development

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Edited By Walter Leal Filho

It is widely acknowledged that sustainable development is a long-term goal, which both individuals and institutions (and countries!) need to pursue. This important theme is characterized by an intrinsic complexity, since it encompasses ecological or environmental considerations on the one hand, and economic matters, social influences and political frameworks on the other. This makes provisions in respect of education for sustainable development a particularly challenging task, but one which is feasible and achievable, provided the right elements are put into place. This book is an attempt to foster the cause of education for sustainable development, by documenting and disseminating experiences from different parts of the world, where learning for, about and through the principles of sustainability is taking place, in various sets and contexts, in both industrialized and developing nations. A special feature of this book is that it not only presents a wide range of philosophies, approaches, methods and analyses with respect to education for sustainable development across the world, but also documents and disseminates concrete case studies, which show how education for sustainable development may be realized in practice.

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Applying the Richard E. Gross Problem-Solving Model: Whistleblowing and the Environment, the Case of Avco Environmental

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Evangelos Manolas, Stilianos Tampakis Abstract Purpose: This paper presents an application of a problem-solving model where students try to solve a “real world” environmental problem similar to those they would face as professionals. In their efforts to find a solution they develop skills in collecting, evaluating and synthesizing resources and assume greater responsi- bility for their own learning. Design/methodology/approach: Following presentation of the steps of the Ri- chard E. Gross problem-solving model, the paper attempts to apply the model to a problem faced by an employee working for a small toxic-waste disposal com- pany. Originality/value: The approach presented in the paper may promote students’ empowerment for learning to link sustainability principles to “real world” problems to a greater extent than is achieved by traditional instructional practices, such as lectures. Introduction The importance of universities in applying and promoting sustainability prin- ciples has long been established. This is shown not only by various international declarations and agreements, e.g. the Talloires Declaration, the Earth Summit Agreements, but also by actual practices in a variety of areas linked to university life and, in particular, policy, research, education, infrastructure, and outreach (Steine- mann 2003). This paper focuses on the role and responsibilities of universities with regard to education and, in particular, that aspect of education which concentrates on active learning practices as opposed to traditional methods such as lectures. In particular, it focuses on the use of problem-based learning (PBL) in the classroom. 32 Evangelos Manolas, Stilianos Tampakis The lecture method is one of...

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