Stephen Sterling

Sustainable Education

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Whilst 'environmental education', and more recently 'education for sustainable development' are important trends, they are not sufficient to reorient and transform education as a whole. This Briefing critiques the prevailing managerial and mechanistic paradigm in education, and argues that an ecological view of educational theory, practice and policy is necessary to assist the sustainability transition. The Briefing then shows how a systemic change of educational culture towards the realization of human potential and the interdependence of social, economic and ecological wellbeing can lead to transformative learning.
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    Alexey Lepilinhas quotedlast year
    Within this paradigm, most mainstream education sustains unsustainability— through uncritically reproducing norms, by fragmenting understanding, by sieving winners and losers, by recognizing only a narrow part of the spectrum of human ability and need, by an inability to explore alternatives, by rewarding dependency and conformity, and by servicing the consumerist machine.
    Katrina Ryabchikovahas quoted6 years ago
    socialization and vocationalism
    Katrina Ryabchikovahas quoted6 years ago
    train people for employment—the vocational function;
    • To develop the individual and his/her potential—the liberal function; and
    • To encourage change towards a fairer society and better world—the transformative function

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