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A review of education for sustainable development and global citizenship education in teacher education

Bourn, D; Hunt, F; Bamber, P; (2017) A review of education for sustainable development and global citizenship education in teacher education. (UNESCO GEM Background Paper ). UNESCO: Paris, France. Green open access

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Abstract

Teacher education can make an important contribution to raising understanding of Sustainable Development Goals within education. Education for sustainable development (ESD) and global citizenship education (GCED), human rights, peace and inter-cultural understanding can be seen within a range of courses for the initial training and continuing professional development of teachers. However, in many instances they are seen as optional extras to core courses. There is a tendency in many countries for ESD and GCED to be promoted within teacher education along parallel lines. To maximise impact, there is a need for these initiatives to come more closely together. ESD and GCED approaches tend to promote a social constructivist approach to teaching and learning. This can present major challenges to securing broader support because it is counter to dominant approaches to the training and education of teachers. Civil society organisations and policy-makers outside of education have tended to have a major influence in determining the practices of ESD and GCED within teacher education. To measure progress, indicators need to be developed that make connections between ESD and GCED and current themes within education such as global competencies, cultural understanding and moral and social purpose of teaching. Networks, be they national, regional or international, can play an important role in sharing expertise and influencing policy-makers.

Type: Report
Title: A review of education for sustainable development and global citizenship education in teacher education
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://gem-report-2017.unesco.org/en/background-pa...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: teacher education, global citizenship education, sustainable development
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10030831
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