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Graphik: Bulletpoint Archive: Abstracts issue 3/2011 (English)

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Matthias Barth: How to Deal Constructively with the Challenges of our Times – Education for Sustainable Development as an Educational Objective

Educational processes are being regarded as crucial. One objective is to change unsustainable behaviour through education. However, such a tool-oriented understanding of education should be criticised from an educational perspective. Accordingly, this article addresses two main aspects. First, educational opportunities as well as limitations are discussed in reference to the shift from a threat-oriented environmental education to an education for sustainable development that is interested in contributing to a proactive shaping of future developments. Second, appropriate educational objectives of this approach are explored by illustrating ways of combining these with a meaningful content and adequate learning settings.

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