ERIC Number: EJ1054760
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 68
The UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development: Business as Usual in the End
Huckle, John; Wals, Arjen E. J.
Environmental Education Research, v21 n3 p491-505 2015
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.
Descriptors: Sustainable Development, Sustainability, International Organizations, Global Education, Neoliberalism, Educational Assessment, Educational Indicators, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Educational Needs, Social Theories, Delivery Systems, Citizenship Education, Institutional Role, Environmental Education, Literature Reviews
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