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ERIC Number: EJ1138911
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Dec
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1478-8047
Evaluating Sustainable Development Solutions Quantitatively: Competence Modelling for GCE and ESD
Böhm, Marko; Eggert, Sabina; Barkmann, Jan; Bögeholz, Susanne
Citizenship, Social and Economics Education, v15 n3 p190-211 Dec 2016
To comprehensively address global environmental challenges such as biodiversity loss, citizens need an understanding of the socio-economic fundamentals of human behaviour in relation to natural resources. We argue that Global Citizenship Education and Education for Sustainable Development provide a core set of socio-economic competencies that can be applied to tackle such challenges. As a central concern of this article, we report on the development of a competence model and its use in an empirical study. The study analyses the ability of German students (n = 268: 232 pupils in senior secondary school and 36 student teachers) to evaluate solutions for real-world Sustainable Development challenges quantitatively. In doing so, we investigate a theoretically described competence dimension, that is, "Evaluating and Reflecting Solutions Quantitatively-Economically." A Rasch partial credit model indicates that "Evaluating and Reflecting Solutions Quantitatively-Economically" can be modelled as a one-dimensional competence. Grade level, general educational performance and high performance in subjects addressing Education for Sustainable Development positively affect "Evaluating and Reflecting Solutions Quantitatively-Economically" scores. Although applying basic economic insights in a quantitative manner to Sustainable Development challenges is within the mathematical skill set of most students, even older or better-performing students find it difficult to do so. Thus, these findings underscore the need for economic competencies to be incorporated in Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship Education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany
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