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Sustainability 2009, 1(3), 479-493; doi:10.3390/su1030479
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Educating for Local Development and Global Sustainability: An Overview in Spain

Unesco Chair in Environmental Education and Sustainable Development; Department of Theory of Education and Social Pedagogy at UNED (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia), the Spanish Open University, Spain
Received: 23 July 2009 / Accepted: 7 August 2009 / Published: 14 August 2009
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advanced Forum for Sustainable Development)
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Abstract

The following are systematized examples, taken from the general panorama of activities currently being implemented in Spain, of significant experiences and formative strategies of local sustainable development. They correspond to three different intervention areas in education: different levels in the school system, adults training in competence and technical abilities, and community education. They offer a contextualized model of education intervention that contributes to ecological and environmental sustainability, social promotion and productive competitiveness. The experiences described permit, in many cases, changes of life styles and social customs, adjusting them to the requirements of sustainable development; in others, to form new generations for local sustainable development and global sustainability. Although procedures must vary to suit the particular features inherent in each such realm, it is the function of education to tackle first and foremost the training of the intellect, the education of emotions and moral personality, and the acquisition of professional skills.
Keywords: education for sustainable development; environmental education; local development education; educational strategies education for sustainable development; environmental education; local development education; educational strategies
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Murga-Menoyo, M.A. Educating for Local Development and Global Sustainability: An Overview in Spain. Sustainability 2009, 1, 479-493.

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