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ERIC Number: EJ775423
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 18
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-0305-764X
Education for Sustainable Development and the Secondary Curriculum in English Schools: Rhetoric or Reality?
Winter, Christine
Cambridge Journal of Education, v37 n3 p337-354 Sep 2007
Can education for sustainable development (ESD) policies help to create a more sustainable society? In the article I argue that contemporary secondary school curriculum policies relating to ESD are rhetorical devices that will achieve little towards resolving global problems. I suggest that the conceptualization of SD is itself fundamentally flawed and inevitably restricts the scope of possible policy solutions. I analyse three ESD curriculum policy texts to reveal their concealments, silences and blocks to enquiry, demonstrating how their rhetorical forms make them readily assimilable into dominant economic discourse. I then introduce a recent UK Government Report explaining the failure in implementing ESD policies in the school curriculum and I expose how this analysis is a further demonstration of the problems in the prevailing policy perspective. In conclusion, I propose a new direction for progress in curriculum policy regarding sustainability. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom