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Sustainability Teaching in the Face of the Global Challenges of the 21st Century

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Education and Approaches".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2024 | Viewed by 126

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Department of Experimental and Social Sciences Education, University of Valencia, 46010 València, Spain
Interests: didactics of geography and social sciences; climatology; climate change; natural hazards (floods, droughts, etc.); natural resources (water); landscape and field trips; social representations of school students; teachers in training and in service; textbook analysis; didactic proposals
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Currently, the world is experiencing global changes and the effects are being felt across the social, economic, political, and sustainability fields. Climate change, natural hazards, social inequalities, immigration, refugees, and the spread of diseases (COVID-19, etc.) are just a few examples of sustainability issues, and these issues should be dealt with across all stages of education (including university). At present, various problems persist, and these can be linked to the so-called Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), for example, “clean water and sanitation” (Goal n.5), “affordable and clean energy” (Goal n.6), “sustainable cities and communities” (Goal n.11), “responsible production and consumption” (Goal n.12), “climate action” (Goal n.13), or “life of terrestrial ecosystems” (Goal n.15).

Teaching about the complexity of today's world is important due to the relationships between human beings and nature; the organization of territories; the mobility of people; accelerated cultural changes; the emergence of new risks; and the training of citizens capable of making environmentally friendly decisions.

This Special Issue answers the following research questions using theoretical and empirical studies:

  • What are the purposes of sustainability teaching today?
  • What place do sustainability thought formation and environmental and social problems have in learning/teaching?
  • How can we teach socio-environmental complexity in a world that seeks immediate solutions?

Dr. Álvaro Francisco Morote
Guest Editor

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Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • sustainable development goals (SDGs)
  • climate change and natural hazards
  • water resources and landscape
  • end-purposes of sustainability teaching
  • relevant social problems
  • education for democratic citizenship

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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