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Teaching and Learning for a Sustainable Future

Teaching and Learning for a Sustainable Future

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Outdoor Environmental and Sustainability Education (MSc/PgDip/PgCert) For over 35 years the Outdoor Education section of the University of Edinburgh has been at the international forefront of providing postgraduate degrees in all aspects of outdoor education. Why choose our Outdoor Environmental and Sustainability Education programme? An outdoor-education programme has been conducted in its present or similar form for over 30 years at the University, and the programme has an international reputation for its academic and professional quality. The diploma programme has provided a conceptual and practical training for many of those now influential in the profession, while the MSc is unique in Europe and one of the few in the world. Over many years staff in the outdoor-education section have developed a programme structure which addresses the key features of the discipline: outdoor activities/skills, personal and social education and environmental education. Full details about the programme

What is education for sustainability? / EfS in the curriculum / Home - Education for Sustainability Education for sustainability is about learning to think and act in ways that will safeguard the future wellbeing of people and our planet. What will my students do in education for sustainability? Many contexts, topics or issues that students could explore have a connection to education for sustainability. There are opportunities in most areas for students to examine how the resources we use and what gets left over from living how we do affects the Earth.

Introduction - Sustainable development education - Learning and teaching The goal of sustainable development is to enable all people throughout the world to satisfy their basic needs and improve the quality of their lives without compromising the quality of life for future generations. Delivering the curriculum through sustainable development education Developing our children and young people as global citizens through sustainable development education is a key context for learning within Curriculum for Excellence. Sustainability issues feature prominently in the experiences and outcomes and offer learners an opportunity to engage with complex ethical issues relating to climate change, social justice, interdependence, health and wellbeing and biodiversity.

Sustainable education - towards a deep learning response to unsustainability “This century may well be one of relearning on a grand scale across society…necessitating a metamorphosis of many of our current education and learning constructs” (Williams, 2004:4). It was early 2001, and the publisher of the Schumacher Briefings and I were having a chat in his office about the title of the new education Briefing. I had just made a bid for ‘Sustainable Education’. His reply was along the lines: ‘surely, you mean “education for sustainable development”, or “education for sustainability” don’t you? Are you implying “education that lasts?” Bristol University - Sustainability - Education for Sustainable Development The University’s Policy and Strategy for Sustainability commits the institution to Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and an ESD strategy has recently been developed. UNESCO defines ESD in a broad manner covering four main areas: social and economic justice, cultural diversity, human rights of future generations and the protection and restoration of the Earth’s ecosystems. It also stresses the importance of critical thinking, inter-disciplinary, multi-method approaches to assessment and challenging approaches to, and ideas about, teaching and learning. Increasingly the HEA and other higher education bodies are placing importance on ESD. A recent national survey of students has found that sustainability concerns are significant in student’s university choices and that 80% believe that sustainability skills are going to be important to future employers.

Education for Sustainability - Table of Contents Introduction Chapter 1 A Program for Change Chapter 2 Formal Education Chapter 3 Nonformal Education ESD Toolkit: Web Resources: Education for Sustainable Development Teaching and Learning for a Sustainable Future (A UNESCO site) This is a multimedia, interactive professional development program with materials, exercises, and links that help educators deepen their understanding of education for sustainability and its importance in addressing the economic, social, and environmental issues of the world. This site presents key educational issues that form the rationale for Education for a Sustainable Future (ESF), including: The exercises help develop an appreciation of the range of ESF objectives regarding knowledge, values, and skills, as well as an understanding of the broad scope of actions needed to reorient education. Key themes include the evolving nature of interdependence, citizenship/stewardship, rights of future generations, diversity; quality of life, uncertainty; and sustainability.

Using Technology In The Classroom Technology has always been a major focus on This archive compiles many of the features we have done on the subject of using technology in the classroom. Many of these articles have been updated many times or even rewritten as technology changes. That said, due to the ever-changing nature of technology, there will be articles on this list that are a little past their prime period of usefullness. If there are any that you would like us to update or redo, please drop us a line. Social Networking Tips for Teachers Social networking in the classroom? Archived: Effects of Technology on Classrooms and Students A r c h i v e d I n f o r m a t i o n Change inStudent andTeacherRoles When students are using technology as a tool or a support for communicating with others, they are in an active role rather than the passive role of recipient of information transmitted by a teacher, textbook, or broadcast.