Sustainable development, education and literacy

  • Dale A
  • Newman L
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Purpose ? To distinguish sustainable development education from environmental education and stress the importance of problem?based interdisciplinary learning to sustainable development education.Design/methodology/approach ? A range of published works relating to sustainable development education are critiqued, an introduction to complexity theory is given and related to sustainable development education, and a case study is provided to demonstrate an example of incorporating sustainability into course delivery and to demonstrate problem?based interdisciplinary learning.Findings ? Our discussion supports our claim that reconciling sustainability and development requires a complex interdisciplinary approach beyond that found in some areas of traditional environmental education.Research limitations/implications ? Our literature search is not exhaustive and focuses on sustainable development education. A much greater body of literature relating to environmental education exists.Practical implications ? Our discussion and case study suggests practitioners designing and teaching sustainable development related programs should incorporate an interdisciplinary approach and allow for problem?based applied learning to take place.Originality/value ? This paper distinguishes sustainable development education from environmental education and suggests practical courses of action for initiating sustainable development education in a meaningful manner.

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  • Ann Dale

  • Lenore Newman

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