Edited by Tony Fitzpatrick
Chapter 14: Education for sustainable development and welfare reform: a very British case study?
This chapter introduces the relationship between education and sustainable development, both in terms of the teaching of sustainable development related concepts within educational systems, and in terms of the sustainable practices of educational establishments. Firstly it introduces some of the philosophical debates around the education-sustainable development relationship, and the underlying features of sustainable development within an educational context. Secondly, it considers international policy ambitions, with particular focus on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) Decade for Education for Sustainable Development. Thirdly, it presents empirical evidence from the UK, considering how sustainable development has been integrated within existing policy frameworks and requirements, and the challenges of implementing international policy goals in a context of austerity, a focus on the private sector and emphasis on devolved responsibility. Fourthly, the chapter reflects on the evidence from the UK-based case study, considering lessons learnt, and implications for future strategies.
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