Sustainable Development, Education and Literacy

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Abstract

The achievement of sustainable development literacy is a distinct goal from the achievement of environmental literacy. As sustainable development addresses complex interdisciplinary problems with both a social and ecological dimension, environmental literacy is a necessary component of sustainable development literacy, but is not equivalent. Due to the complex interdisciplinary nature of sustainable development, sustainable development education requires both a process and a fact based skill set. To develop such a skill set, practical experience in the management of sustainable development problems is required. Sustainable development literacy includes the ability to understand problems as global phenomenon and to engage these problems at the local level. The instinct to retreat to a discipline when confronted with complex and novel problems is a barrier to sustainable development literacy, underscoring the importance of interdisciplinary training as a component of sustainable development education. A case study is presented outlining the initial steps in designing a series of sustainable development courses that stress problem solving and process based learning

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  • Dr. Lenore Newman Dr. Ann Dale

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