What is it about?

A synthesis of studies carried out in 18 countries to identify contributions of education for sustainable development (ESD) to quality education is presented. Responses to five common questions revealed that major themes repeated across the 18 countries showing that ESD contributes to quality education in primary and secondary schools.

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Why is it important?

It was found that teaching and learning transforms in all contexts when the curriculum includes sustainability content, and ESD pedagogies promote the learning of skills, perspectives and values necessary to foster sustainable societies. The research also identified the need to integrate ESD across all subjects, to provide professional development for teachers to ensure ESD policy implementation and to adopt ESD management practices to support ESD in the curriculum in order to broaden ESD across countries.

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This page is a summary of: Contributions of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) to Quality Education: A Synthesis of Research, Journal of Education for Sustainable Development, September 2016, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/0973408216661442.
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