Developing (Transformative) Environmental and Sustainability Education in Classroom Practice

Edited by
February 2022
96 pages
  • ISBN978-3-0365-3030-7 (Hardback)
  • ISBN978-3-0365-3031-4 (PDF)

This book is a reprint of the Special Issue Developing (Transformative) Environmental and Sustainability Education in Classroom Practice that was published in

Business & Economics
Environmental & Earth Sciences
Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities

Children today face significant challenges in response to living in a globalised world and the impact of environmental threats to the planet. As such, there is an increasing need for schools to have a global perspective and to cultivate a critical sense of environmental and social responsibility in students. Environmental and Sustainability Education (ESE) in schools is frequently promoted as a route to achieving this, as it has the potential to empower learners to develop the necessary knowledge, understanding, skills, or competences to respond to the complex socio-environmental issues. However, there remains a general lack of pedagogical consensus as to how to teach either about or for ESE within school contexts.To develop effective ESE pedagogies, some educators look to transformative learning theory to encourage learners to move beyond the simple acquisition of knowledge to a change in worldview which not only affects their deeper level of understanding but, importantly for ESE, builds their capacity to think critically and plays an active role in providing a sustainable transformation of society. This book explores the pedagogy and practice of ESE, particularly focus on transformative pedagogies. Exploring themes including the attitudes of the teachers who are implementing transformative pedagogies, the tensions and emotional loads that teachers experience when seeking to develop their professional identity in the context of ESE, and how learning through ESE-informed practice involves and is intimately connected with emotions, this book will be of significant value for researchers and practitioners globally looking to develop transformative ESE practice.

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education; didactics; teaching; learning; pragmatism; sustainability commitment; sustainability; sustainable development; cultural diversity; teacher quality; transculturalism; educational transformation; Environmental and Sustainability Education; geography teacher; teacher identity; Environmental and Sustainability Education (ESE); secondary schools; Initial Teacher Education (ITE); selective traditions; teaching traditions; teaching habits; environmental and sustainability education; functions of teaching; functions of education; ESD teaching approaches; transformative sustainability learning; collaborative reflection; sport and the environment; sport ecology; n/a