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Record number 495594
Title The UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development: business as usual in the end
Author(s) Huckle, John; Wals, A.E.J.
Source Environmental Education Research 21 (2015)3. - ISSN 1350-4622 - p. 491 - 505.
Department(s) Education and Competence Studies
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2015
Keyword(s) DESD - neoliberalism - global citizenship - ecopedagogy - sustainability citizen
Abstract An analysis of the literature supporting the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development and a sample of its key products suggests that it failed to acknowledge or challenge neoliberalism as a hegemonic force blocking transitions towards genuine sustainability. The authors argue that the rationale for the Decade was idealistic and that global education for sustainability citizenship provides a more realistic focus for such an initiative. They anchor such education in appropriate social theory, outline its four dimensions and use these to review four key products from the Decade, before suggesting remedial measures to render ESD a more effective vehicle for promoting democratic global governance and sustainability.
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