Topical Collection "Teacher Professional Development in ESD"
Prof. Michele Biasutti
Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology (FISPPA), University of Padova, Via Beato Pellegrino, 28, 35137 Padova, Italy
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Interests: education for sustainable development; teacher education; professional development; educational change; social sustainability; ICT in education; online learning
Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) could be considered an approach that provides fertile ground for implementing a dynamic transformative process in educational institutions. ESD offers pedagogical challenges and could provide a framework for the innovation of didactic practices in educational institutions. ESD is based on interdisciplinary and student centered approaches and encourages critical thinking and future-oriented skills. The introduction of ESD principles in school curricula and the promotion of ESD concepts and practices could be used for inducing the professional development of school and academic staff. Professional development based on ESD improves curriculum planning skills, fosters critical self-reflection of teaching practices which are crucial activities for developing meta-cognitive strategies and mastering teaching practices.
This Special Issue focuses on the relationship between education for sustainable development and teacher professional development aiming to examine the impact of ESD principles and practices on the professional development of school and academic staff. Authors from different disciplines (education, psychology, social sciences, ecology, and all disciplines connected to sustainable development issues) are invited to submit their ideas about the challenge of inducing teacher professional development using ESD. Both theoretical and applied research articles are welcome. Suggested topics include (but are not limited to):
- ESD principles and challenges for teacher education
- Teacher professional development
- Teacher change and ESD
- Trainee teacher education and ESD
- Policies and ESD strategies for teacher changes
- Innovation of school curricula and ESD
- Innovation of higher education institution and ESD
- Educational practices in ESD
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Barth, M. and Rieckmann, M. (2012). Academic staff development as a catalyst for curriculum change towards education for sustainable development: an output perspective. Journal of Cleaner Production, Vol. 26, pp. 28–36.
Biasutti, M. (2015). An intensive programme on education for sustainable development: The participants’ experience, Environmental Education Research, Vol. 21 No. 5, pp. 734–752.
Biasutti, M., T. De Baz, and H. Alshawa (2016). Assessing the Infusion of Sustainability Principles into University Curricula, Journal of Teacher Education for Sustainability, Vol. 18, No. 2, 21-40.
Biasutti, M, Makrakis, V., Concina E, Frate S. (2018). Educating academic staff to reorient curricula in ESD. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, 19 (3). http://doi.org/10.1108/IJSHE-11-2016-0214
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Prof. Michele Biasutti
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- Education for sustainable development
- Professional development
- Educational change
- Teacher education
- Sustainability consciousness
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