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Balancing the tensions and meeting the conceptual challenges of education for sustainable development and climate change

Blum, Nicole and Nazir, Joanne and Breiting, Soren and Goh, Kim Chuan and Pedretti, Erminia (2013) Balancing the tensions and meeting the conceptual challenges of education for sustainable development and climate change. Environmental Education Research, 19 (2). pp. 206-217. ISSN 1350-4622. DOI UNSPECIFIED

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Abstract

This paper addresses one of the key challenges for work on education, sustainable development and climate change: the overall conceptualisation of central ideas such as Environmental Education (EE), Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and Climate Change Education (CCE). What do these concepts mean in diverse contexts and amongst diverse actors? The paper draws on evidence from Denmark, Singapore, Canada and the UK to highlight both the similarities and differences found within national discussions around these essentially contested concepts and their relationships to policy and practice. It further argues that such debates about how EE, ESD and CCE are conceptualised remain highly relevant, not just to academic work itself, but also to wider international discussions regarding both the current and potential relationships between conceptual understanding, policy and practice.

Item Type: Article
Controlled Keywords: Environmental education, education for sustainable development, climate change, policy, conceptualisations, Denmark, Singapore, Canada, United Kingdom
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
Depositing User: Atira Pure
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2014 11:46
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 09:06
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