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Education for sustainable development: A systemic framework for connecting the SDGs to educational outcomes

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Title: Education for sustainable development: A systemic framework for connecting the SDGs to educational outcomes
Authors: Kioupi, V
Voulvoulis, N
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: The UN 2030 agenda of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) envisions a future of inclusive equity, justice and prosperity within environmental limits, and places an important emphasis on education as stated in Goal 4. Education is acknowledged as a means for achieving the remaining Goals, with sustainability as a goal for education in target 4.7. However, the interconnectedness of the SDGs and the complexity of sustainability as a concept make it difficult to relate the SDGs to educational learning outcomes, with what Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) aims to achieve, left in ambiguity. Using systems thinking, we developed a framework that redefines ESD as a tool that can deliver the transformation required for society to reach a sustainable state. Using the SDGs as end points for this state, and through a participatory approach, education stakeholders and learners work together to construct a common vision of sustainability, identify the competences needed, and develop appropriate pedagogies and learning strategies. The framework allows for the development of evaluation tools that can support educational institutions to monitor and manage their progress in transforming societies towards sustainability.
Issue Date: 2-Nov-2019
Date of Acceptance: 29-Oct-2019
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/74560
DOI: 10.3390/su11216104
ISSN: 2071-1050
Publisher: MDPI AG
Start Page: 1
End Page: 18
Journal / Book Title: Sustainability
Volume: 11
Issue: 21
Copyright Statement: © 2019 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Keywords: 12 Built Environment and Design
Publication Status: Published
Open Access location: https://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/11/21/6104/htm
Online Publication Date: 2019-11-02
Appears in Collections:Centre for Environmental Policy