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ERIC Number: EJ942817
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
ISSN: ISSN-1205-5352
Securing the Place of Educating for Sustainable Development within Existing Curriculum Frameworks: A Reflective Analysis
Metz, Don; McMillan, Barbara; Maxwell, Mona; Tetrault, Amanda
Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, v15 p150-169 2010
Educating for sustainable development (ESD) is generally found within existing disciplinary frameworks. In this paper, our intent is to compare the views and practices of environmental educators who pursue ESD from a perspective different from what is occurring in our own constituency. We collected data on curriculum, teaching perspectives and practices to compare an alternative school approach to our local model. As an alternative we chose the Colegio Ambientalista Isaiah Retana Arias (CAIRA), a public school in the local district of Perez Zeledon in Pedrogoso, Costa Rica. CAIRA is a unique high school in Costa Rica that has designed and implemented a compulsory, school wide environmental curriculum. As a result of our deliberations we identify several issues concerning the implementation of ESD in our community. We address the discipline versus non-discipline placement of ESD, compulsory versus optional ESD courses, teacher preparation and professional development, curriculum development, and the role of place. We conclude with the recommendation for the fusion of the current grade ten science and social studies courses, using ESD as a context, guided by the necessary outcomes from the disciplines, and incorporating a significant local component which puts our young people back into their communities. (Contains 3 tables.)
Lakehead University and Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication. Lakehead University Faculty of Education, 955 Oliver Road, Thunder Bay, ON P7B 5E1, Canada. Fax: 807-346-7771; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Costa Rica