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Education for Sustainable Development and
Research to Practice

The global movement known as Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) represents a great hope and daunting challenge for wholesale transformation of local and global educational systems.  That is because ESD recognizes that in order for actions, policies, and practices around the world to address the most pressing issues of our day, we first must acknowledge the inextricable linkage between environmental, economic, and sociocultural aspects of sustainability. 

To translate this paradigmatic commitment into credible action, we must:

  1. introduce new content into the myriad of educational contexts, but transform along the way the processes through which teaching, training, and learning occur;

  2. start first with the rising generation of learners, but not before engaging teachers to appraise and cultivate their own capacities;

  3. focus on demonstrable knowledge and skill acquisition, but only after understanding better who learns what and why, and under what circumstances;

  4. develop innovative pedagogical methods that are consonant with the values and principles of ESD, but only in the context of overarching standards that are designed to promote quality and rigor across the educational system; and

  5. apply and translate all we learn in order to impact teacher education policies and practices, both locally and globally, but through a necessary and sufficient commitment to methodological sophistication and ecological validity.

ESD Case Study and Research-to-Practice