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World Trends in Education for Sustainable Development

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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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Accounting Education for Sustainable Development: A View from the Profession

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Joanne Tingey-Holyoak, Roger L. Burritt Abstract Purpose: The connections between accounting, sustainable development and business are widely acknowledged, and the question examined by the paper is whether practicing accountants perceive that social and environmental accounting is important as a part of the education of graduates. Design/Methodology/Approach: The paper employs a survey design with a sample of 121 firms randomly drawn from a sampling frame of accounting professionals in South Australia. Findings: Findings suggest accounting firm managers do not perceive social and environmental accounting education as currently provided by universities to be important but would prefer that universities did provide it. Originality/Value: The paper contributes to the discourse on professional bodies and accounting education and the urgent need for an integrated perspective on social, environmental and economic activities of businesses. Introduction Over the last 40 years recognition of the connection between social and environ- mental issues and the accounting profession has been growing (Mathews 1997; Gray 2001). The now somewhat distant catalyst encouraging professions to engage was provided by the Bruntland Report (UNWCED 1987), which in the context of discussing sustainable development advised: „The integration of economics and ecology is the fundamental message of Our Common Future …. Each of us will need to assess our responsibility and ability to contribute to a sustainable future. Professional organizations, for example, especially integrating professions such as engineers, economists, urban and industrial designers, and landscape planners, could have a large impact on social values and productive practices” (UNWCED 1987: 25). 150 Joanne Tingey-Holyoak, Roger L....

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