1st Edition

Sustainable Development and Learning: framing the issues

By Stephen Gough, William Scott Copyright 2003
    192 Pages
    by Routledge

    192 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book examines the difficult and wide-ranging issues relating to how we understand our environment, our place in it, and how we choose to act.

    This comprehensive text provides an overview of these developing key issues, illustrating how - through schooling, higher education, professional training and development, and awareness-raising - people can bring about change, as well as engaging in debate and critique of issues. The book builds on existing work across a number of fields, as well as on original international research, in order to model the complexity of the problems, the institutional contexts in which they arise, and the interrelationships between these.

    Areas explored include the policy context, the links between sustainable development and learning, the economic and moral interdependence of humans and nature, the management, assessment and evaluation of learning, and globalisation. The book suggests ways in which those responsible for learning can target their efforts appropriately, matching straightforward solutions to simple problems, and designing complex interventions only where these are needed.

    This text will be a valuable resource for anyone studying Masters degrees and MBAs that focus on environment or sustainable development, and for professionals dealing with problems on a day-to-day basis. Though a free-standing text, its analysis is supported by a companion reader: Key Issues in Sustainable Development and Learning: a critical review.


    1. Framing the Issues: Complexity, Uncertainty, Risk and Necessity 2. The Policy Context 3. Language and Meaning 4. Learning and Sustainable Development: Making the Linkages 5. Humans and Nature: Tensions and Interdependence 6. Theory and Practice: Ideology and Practice 7. Management of Learning: Issues in Curriculum Design 8. Curriculum and Pedagogy 9. Measuring Learning: Aspects of Assessment 10. Measuring Effectiveness: Monitoring and Evaluation 11. Building Capacity, Developing Agency: Evolving a Theory of Change 12. Economic Behaviour: Value and Values 13. Globalisation and Fragmentation: Science and Self 14. What Happens Next?


    Gough, Stephen; Scott, William

    'It is also full of academic rigour and extensive references making it suitable for Masters students, and others who want to work through the book and gain a detailed understanding of the issues in a well-ordered and logical structure ... Specifically it should be read by those with an interest in the environment, sustainable development or values in education.' - Cathy Growney, University of Surrey Roehampton (escalate website)

    'Scott and Gough have produced a very fine work that introduces new and more meaningful notions and practices of sustainable development; it should ... be widely read and its recommendations should be incorporated across the disciplines.' - Ali A. Abdi, University of Alberta, Canada