Can science education help to build a sustainable society?

Barraza, Laura and Castaño, Carolina 2012, Can science education help to build a sustainable society?, Profesorado, vol. 16, no. 2, pp. 45-58.

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Title Can science education help to build a sustainable society?
Author(s) Barraza, Laura
Castaño, Carolina
Journal name Profesorado
Volume number 16
Issue number 2
Start page 45
End page 58
Total pages 14
Publisher Universidad de Granada
Place of publication Granada, Spain
Publication date 2012-05
ISSN 1138-414X
Keyword(s) Competences
Content knowledge
Curricular development
Pedagogical content
Transformative learning
Summary In this article we present a critical description regarding some of the guidelines that we consider are needed within education at university level to guide and transform the educative system towards an education for sustainability. To speak about sustainability we need to consider restructuring the teaching programs at all educative levels. For this, we discuss the relevance in adapting the six dimensions of the content-based knowledge towards sustainability issues, as well as the implications that the concept of sustainability has for our views, attitudes and actions. Transformative learning theories and pedagogical strategies for teaching science which could be useful for educating for sustainability and which could encourage changes in the attitudes of those who will become future teachers, such as the 5 "E" model which promotes critical and reflexive thinking are also discussed. We propose an educative model for teaching about sustainability with four basic epistemological elements: a multicultural education, an education for the future, a holistic education, and, a participatory education.
Language spa
Field of Research 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category CN.1 Other journal article
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