ERIC Number: EJ949568
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
Education in Sustainable Development: How Can Science Education Contribute to the Vulnerability Perception?
Lange, J. M.
Research in Science Education, v42 n1 p109-127 Jan 2012
Education for human development within the constraints of sustainability is problematic for schools. On one hand, it is a political idea that continues to evolve with successive compromises between social groups with differing or even conflicting interests. ESD is therefore inherently "non-disciplinary" and cannot be the basis of a single school subject if we wish to keep the creativity that results from the dynamics at work. On the other hand, SD leads us to think collectively about solutions that ensure a future of our choosing that preserves the biological capacity of the planet and to reduce our vulnerability. The sciences thus have a key role: their ability to question the world and to model the consequences of collective and individual choices. But there is a risk of technocratic drift and SD leads us to think about society's values and aims. A new link is established between sciences and humanities with a democratic model in sight. This paper presents what is possible out of the prospective scenarios method within general and compulsory education by seeking, through an empirical approach, to determine its feasibility, its contributions, its limits, and to locate the place of science education in the elaboration of the perception of "vulnerability". Both primary and secondary schools are concerned. (Contains 3 tables and 1 figure.)
Descriptors: Compulsory Education, Sciences, Humanities, Science Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Science and Society, Sustainable Development, Role of Education, Elementary School Science, Secondary School Science
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Secondary Education
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