Which Strategy to Educate towards Sustainable Development?

By Johanna G. Ferreira.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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As “sustainable development” means different things to different people, the concept will be briefly visited as a point of departure. However, the focus is on the education strategies that educators in South Africa can currently implement to educate towards environmental sustainability and sustainable development. Even though “environmental and social justice” form part of the principles on which the revised National Curriculum Statement is based, environmental sustainability only features per chance. Educators are expected to infuse environmental sustainability as and when the opportunity arises. Consequently only those educators who are particularly concerned about environmental sustainability will attempt to address it in their teaching. To ensure that more learners are reached in the quest to educate towards sustainable development and environmental sustainability, specific strategies are needed. The contribution that environmental education has made in this regard needs to be assessed and the contribution that tourism education could make is pursued as a further means to educate towards sustainable development

Keywords: Education, Sustainable Development

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp.27-36. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.136MB).

Prof. Johanna G. Ferreira

Professor, Department Further Teacher Education, University of South Africa (Unisa), Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa

Prior to her appointment at the University of South Africa in 1990, Johanna G Ferreira was involved in teacher training at the University of the North (Limpopo) and the College of Education for Further Training. Her primary focus has been on environmental education, life science education and tourism education. She has researched diverse fields such as teaching strategies for the transition from school to university; life science teaching; the use of urban and wilderness hiking trails for environmental education; environmental education through distance education; the assessment of teaching strategies used at environmental education centres; biodiversity and environmental education and tourism education. She is particularly interested in the natural environment, conservation and maintenance of biodiversity. Prof. Ferreira is registered as a Chartered Biologist and is a member of the Institute of Biology; the Education Association of South Africa and the South African Association for Research and Development in Higher Education.


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