Edited By Walter Leal Filho
Preparing Teachers to Educate for Sustainable Development
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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