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ERIC Number: EJ821398
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1477-8785
Educational Ethics and the DESD: Considering Trade-Offs
Schlottmann, Christopher
Theory and Research in Education, v6 n2 p207-219 2008
The United Nation's Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD) aims to prepare students for pressing economic and environmental problems. In this article, I argue that an exclusive emphasis on an ambiguous goal, sustainable development, raises important questions for educational ethics. Specifically, I argue that DESD mission statements and curricula often fail to account for trade-offs that are inevitable in environmental decision-making. Further, I argue that DESD aims don't adequately focus on the development of agency, decision-making skills, and ethical empowerment. I conclude by suggesting that ESD curricula should critically and constructively recognize the inevitability of trade-offs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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