Towards using transformative education as a benchmark for clarifying differences and similarities between Environmental Education and Education for Sustainable Development

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Abstract

The UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD) charges educators with a key role in developing and ‘securing sustainable life chances, aspirations and futures for young people’. Environmental Education (EE) and ESD share a vision of quality education and a society that lives in balance with Earth’s carrying capacity, even as they differ in terms of expectations of how that vision is realized, and what might need to be balanced. Rather than treat EE and ESD as sparing partners or fellow travellers towards the same destination, this paper analyses EE and ESD from the perspective of transformative educational goals. Using these goals as a benchmark transcends immediate problems with either form of education, while also helps to clarify policies and practise formations, appropriate to a diversity of educational contexts. Copyright © 2013 Taylor & Francis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)656-672
JournalEnvironmental Education Research
Volume19
Issue number5
Early online dateNov 2012
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2013

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Pavlova, M. (2013). Towards using transformative education as a benchmark for clarifying differences and similarities between Environmental Education and Education for Sustainable Development. Environmental Education Research, 19(5), 656-672. doi: 10.1080/13504622.2012.736476

Keywords

  • Environment and development
  • Transformative education
  • Environmental education
  • Education for sustainable development
  • Policy-making