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Educ. Sci. 2018, 8(4), 204; https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci8040204

Education for the Sustainable Global Citizen: What Can We Learn from Stoic Philosophy and Freirean Environmental Pedagogies?

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MARETEC—LARSyS, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Avenida Rovisco Pais 1, 1049-001 Lisboa, Portugal
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School of International and Public Affairs, Florida International University, 11200 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33199, USA
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Faculty of Education, Institute of Educational Theories, Beijing Normal University, N.19 Xinjekou Wai Street, Beijing 100875, China
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Division of Natural and Built Environment, School of Science, Engineering and Technology, Abertay University, Bell Street, Dundee DD1 1HG, UK
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Faculty of Environmental Sciences, Universidad Piloto de Colombia, Carrera 9 No. 45A-44, Bogotá 110231, Colombia
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Received: 17 September 2018 / Revised: 5 October 2018 / Accepted: 7 November 2018 / Published: 19 November 2018
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In support of sustainable development, the United Nations (UN) launched its Global Education First Initiative (GEFI) with the aims of accelerating progress towards universal access to education, good quality learning and the fostering of global citizenship. This paper explores how and to what extent Stoic virtue ethics and critical Freirean ecopedagogies can advance the UN’s vision for progressive educational systems with transformative societal effects. We propose an integrated solution that provides ecopedagogical concepts a more robust philosophical foundation whilst also offering Stoicism additional tools to tackle 21st-century problems, such as climate change and environmental degradation. The result of the paper is the preliminary theoretical underpinnings of an educational framework that encompasses planetary-level concerns and offers a fuller expression of the terms “sustainable development” and “global citizen”. View Full-Text
Keywords: ecopedagogy; ecopedagogies; Greek philosophy; Paulo Freire; Roman philosophy; Stoicism; sustainability; transformative education; Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) ecopedagogy; ecopedagogies; Greek philosophy; Paulo Freire; Roman philosophy; Stoicism; sustainability; transformative education; Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)
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Whiting, K.; Konstantakos, L.; Misiaszek, G.; Simpson, E.; Carmona, L.G. Education for the Sustainable Global Citizen: What Can We Learn from Stoic Philosophy and Freirean Environmental Pedagogies? Educ. Sci. 2018, 8, 204.

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