Educating for Sustainability: How Teachers' Groups Foster Sustainable Curriculum Development
The workshop will have a practical focus and will draw on the work of teachers' groups in the West Midlands region of England. Members of the teachers' groups are drawn from a wide range of schools, catering for pupils aged 4-18 years, and the workshop will reflect the variety of activities, resources and outcomes that have been developed, trialled and used successfully 'in' schools.
Workshop participants will be shown how key concepts relating to ESD, such as interdependence, can be introduced to young learners in stimulating and challenging ways, their knowledge and understanding developed further and how they can be supported in exploring complex environmental issues.
The workshop will draw on the participants’ experiences of educating for sustainability; for example, the differing 'roles' that are available to the teacher when dealing with ESD will be discussed.
· Increased awareness of how teachers' groups are able to respond to the challenges of ESD.
· Experience of variety of teaching strategies and resources relevant to ESD that capture and stimulate young learners' imaginations.
· Opportunity to reflect on the teaching of controversial issues.
Keywords: Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), Teachers' networks, School-based curriculum development
Mr Jeff Serf
Principal Lecturer, School of Education, University of Wolverhampton