Special Issue "Teaching Sustainable Development Goals in Science Education"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2020.
Interests: Knowledge, attitudes and practices for ESD in environment and health contexts; Inquiry-based learning; Nature of science and epistemological beliefs; Informal learning
Interests: Sustainibility in school and daily life
At the core of the Agenda 2030 are 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The aim of the SDGs is to secure a sustainable, peaceful, prosperous and equitable life on earth for everyone now and in the future. To achieve the SDGs, education for sustainable development (ESD) aims to develop competencies that empower individuals to reflect on their own actions, taking into account their current and future social, cultural, economic and environmental impacts, from a local and a global perspective. Therefore, ESD must define new knowledge, skills, values and attitudes and evaluate effective ways towards a new pedagogy.
Science education faces the challenge of the SDGs and ESD in different ways: (1) it plays a dominant role in equipping students with an adequate understanding of the complexity and the causes of global challenges such as climate change, water scarcity, energy transition or biodiversity loss; (2) it seeks to find new ways to integrate scientific knowledge and skills into real-world situations and elucidate ways to connect knowledge to sustainability-relevant values and attitudes; and (3) it has to overcome disciplinary boundaries to understanding a problem comprehensively and at the same time provide discipline-specific knowledge and skills to solve the problem.
This Special Issue focuses on empirical educational research and theoretical considerations that address transformational competences in science education in the context of the SDGs. It is designed to present new pedagogical approaches that aim to empower learners and teachers to contribute to a sustainable future and to evaluate their effectiveness in science education. Papers can focus on, e.g., new curricula or textbooks, teacher education, classroom and informal learning, whole-institution approaches, action-oriented and transformative learning approaches in science education.
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UNESCO (2015): Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015/transformingourworld (letzter Zugriff: 08. 01. 2019)
Prof. Dr. Kerstin Kremer
Ms. Deidre Bauer
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- Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)
- Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)
- Global Citizenship Eduction
- Intercultural Education
- Science Education
- Teacher Education
- Global Challenges