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Education for Agenda 2030: What Direction do We Want to Take Going Forward?

Research Group on Human Security, Local Human Development and International Cooperation (2016–2021) Consolidated Group of the Basque Research System (IT1037-16), Hegoa Institute, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), 48015 Bilbao, Spain
Sustainability 2020, 12(5), 2035; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12052035
Received: 13 January 2020 / Revised: 13 February 2020 / Accepted: 2 March 2020 / Published: 6 March 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Education and Approaches)
In the field of education, the concept of environment and sustainable education, and the use of some terms in this field, have developed since their beginning. The United Nations Agenda 2030 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) gives some clues about and opportunities to reflect upon which concepts and directions to take in the field of education towards promoting sustainability. This paper addresses the issue of the currently fragmented concepts in relation to environmental and sustainability education, and proposes a more comprehensive vision to better advance the path towards education and sustainability. This paper: (1) addresses the main historical milestones in the construction of the concept of environmental education and education for sustainable development; (2) analyzes the issue of which direction we should take within the framework of education in the era of the SDG Agenda 2030, taking emerging concepts such as learning for sustainability and sustainable education as references; and (3) proposes a holistic approach, described as education based on values. We conclude that a new integrative approach inspired by the education based on values concept, and integrating other concepts, will help to better conceptualize sustainability in education, as explained in the proposed model. View Full-Text
Keywords: environmental education; education for sustainability; learning for sustainability; outdoor education; climate justice education; citizenship education; education based on values environmental education; education for sustainability; learning for sustainability; outdoor education; climate justice education; citizenship education; education based on values
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