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How the concept of agency aids in teaching about sustainability

Vongalis-Macrow, Athena 2013, How the concept of agency aids in teaching about sustainability, Educational research and reviews, vol. 8, no. 18, pp. 1642-1649.

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Title How the concept of agency aids in teaching about sustainability
Author(s) Vongalis-Macrow, Athena
Journal name Educational research and reviews
Volume number 8
Issue number 18
Start page 1642
End page 1649
Total pages 8
Publisher Academic Journals
Place of publication Victoria Island, Nigeria
Publication date 2013-09
ISSN 1990-3839
Keyword(s) agency
pedagogy
sustainability
education
Summary Sustainability education is becoming an integral part of education for all students.The paper revisits startling results from large scale international studies that show the dissonance between young people’s sustainability knowledge and the resistance of young people to put into practice. The reluctance to enact sustainability knowledge necessitates a review of current teaching practices as these raise important issues about current models of education and how sustainability is captured within education. Education about sustainability seeks to future proof our society through the teaching and learning of actions that ensure our collective long term future. For this reason teaching about sustainability incorporates a focus on social responsibility as well as individual responsibility. 

This paper examines the notion of agency as a critical component in the understanding of how behavior and actions are organized and integrated by students. Agency theory is highly sensitized towards these learner demands as it provides educators with ways to appraise and make judgment upon content as well as guiding learner’s actions. By developing a more refined understanding of agency, and incorporating this into educational practice around sustainability, it may be possible to develop more resonant sustainable actions through education.
Language eng
Field of Research 130199 Education systems not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 930201 Pedagogy
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2013
Copyright notice ©2013, Academic Journals
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30056825

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