Education for Sustainable Development (ESD): a critical review of concept, potential and risk

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Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) can be thought of as the bringing together of a wide variety of educational strategies aimed at addressing the existential problems of human socio-economic development. But, as we near the end of the UN’s ESD Decade, what can we say about how ESD is conceptualised and interpreted; about its coherence and usefulness as an idea; about how well it fits within education systems and schools; about its potential as a strategy to change educational experiences across the globe; and about the uncertainties and ambiguities at its heart? This chapter examines these questions and puts forward a number of issues for both practitioners and policy makers to consider in the UN’s post-Decade global action programme
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSchooling for Sustainable Development in Europe
Subtitle of host publicationConcepts, Policies and Educational Experiences at the End of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development
EditorsRolf Jucker, Reiner Mathar
Place of PublicationLondon, U. K.
Number of pages23
ISBN (Print)9783319095486
Publication statusPublished - 30 Nov 2014

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NameSchooling for Sustainable Development


  • concept of Education for Sustainable Development; ambiguities; change of educational experiences; ESD as learning and social transformation


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