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Acquisition of Competences for Sustainable Development through Visual Thinking. A Study in Rural Schools in Mixco, Guatemala

Faculty of Education and Health, Camilo José Cela University, Castillo de Alarcón 49, 28692 Villanueva de la Cañada, Madrid, Spain
Faculty of Communication Sciences, Rey Juan Carlos University, Camino del Molino S/N, 28943 Fuenlabrada, Madrid, Spain
Faculty of Physical Activity and Sport, Polytechnic University, Martín Fierro 7, 28040 Madrid, Spain
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Sustainability 2019, 11(8), 2317;
Received: 15 January 2019 / Revised: 7 April 2019 / Accepted: 8 April 2019 / Published: 17 April 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Competencies in Education for Sustainable Development)
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The acquisition of competences for sustainable development can be promoted in educational contexts through Visual Thinking. This study is based on the implementation of the Visual Arts in Education (VA.E) project and the development of a programme of socialization and training for teachers of schools in area 6 of the city of Mixco in Guatemala. The participant observation and research action are the core methodological tools to study four key competences, namely critical analysis, systemic analysis, collaborative work or work through projects, and commitment to society. The results were obtained from the analysis of the competences and capacities acquired during the training process, in which students and teachers participated and expressed through observable learning conducts or achievements. The proposal aims to contribute to the study of the impact of Visual Thinking as a tool for teaching-learning of students in rural schools, and of teaching practices based on the acquisition of competences for sustainable development that can be assumed by teachers in all educational levels and contexts. View Full-Text
Keywords: education; competences; Visual Thinking; sustainable development education; competences; Visual Thinking; sustainable development

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Carrascal, S.; Magro, M.; Anguita, J.M.; Espada, M. Acquisition of Competences for Sustainable Development through Visual Thinking. A Study in Rural Schools in Mixco, Guatemala. Sustainability 2019, 11, 2317.

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