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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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Preparing Teachers to Educate for Sustainable Development

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Claudette L. Barrett Abstract Purpose: Educating for sustainable development has been a main goal of Short- wood Teachers’ College in Kingston, Jamaica, as this college fulfils its mandate of training teachers for the Jamaican and global market. We also seek to ensure that trained teachers carry the mantle of educating for sustainable development. One way in which this is achieved is through an environmental education course taught to students at the undergraduate level. Environmental education is viewed as a multidisciplinary approach to learning about all aspects of the world around us. This course aims to equip teachers with the skills to infuse environmental education into all subjects in the curriculum. This paper reports on the proceed- ings of the course and shares the work of some of the participating students as they prepare to educate for sustainable development. Design/methodology/approach: A descriptive account of an environmental edu- cation course offered to in-service teachers and the reflections of the students exposed to the course. Findings: The teachers have expressed appreciation for their exposure to the course and pledged to introduce education for sustainable development by using the knowledge and skills they have learnt in this course. Originality/value: This paper highlights the importance of preparing teachers with the requisite knowledge and skills to educate for sustainable development. Introduction Educating for sustainability must be at the forefront of the minds of all educators, especially in these challenging times. Educational institutions need to take on the mandate to equip their clients with knowledge, skills, and...

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