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Could Education for Sustainable Development Benefit from a Systems Thinking Approach?

Faculty of Education and Welfare Studies, Åbo Akademi University, 65100 Vaasa, Finland
Systems 2018, 6(4), 43; https://doi.org/10.3390/systems6040043
Received: 12 November 2018 / Revised: 29 November 2018 / Accepted: 30 November 2018 / Published: 4 December 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Systems Thinking)
Sustainable development is not a novel concept. However, we continue with our unsustainable way of living. It is as though we cannot see our own part in the unsustainable system. Values, ethics and morals are connected to education and therefor education is in a key position to change the way we think and act for a sustainable future. Both education for sustainable development (ESD) and systems thinking are concepts connected to changes toward a sustainable future. However, they have proven to be conceptually problematic and are characterized by their complexity, making implementation more difficult. The purpose of this study is to discover whether it could be possible to interlace ESD and systems education to a strong and solid entirety in order to overcome the obstacles preventing the implementation of sustainability in education. This is done through a literature review in the fields of systems thinking and ESD. The literature review identifies two joint approaches that could be worth exploring more in order to develop an excellent instrument in the educational work toward sustainability. View Full-Text
Keywords: education for sustainable development; sustainability; systems thinking; teacher education; systems education education for sustainable development; sustainability; systems thinking; teacher education; systems education
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Hofman-Bergholm, M. Could Education for Sustainable Development Benefit from a Systems Thinking Approach? Systems 2018, 6, 43. https://doi.org/10.3390/systems6040043

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Hofman-Bergholm M. Could Education for Sustainable Development Benefit from a Systems Thinking Approach? Systems. 2018; 6(4):43. https://doi.org/10.3390/systems6040043

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Hofman-Bergholm, Maria. 2018. "Could Education for Sustainable Development Benefit from a Systems Thinking Approach?" Systems 6, no. 4: 43. https://doi.org/10.3390/systems6040043

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