CONCEPTS AND APPROACHES FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN THE CURRICULA OF UNIVERSITIES IN LATVIA

TitleCONCEPTS AND APPROACHES FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN THE CURRICULA OF UNIVERSITIES IN LATVIA
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsKlavins, M, Pelnena, M
JournalJournal of Baltic Science Education
Volume9
Issue4
Start Page264-272
Date PublishedDecember/2010
Type of ArticleOriginal article
ISSN1648-3898
Other NumbersICID: 925826
Keywordseducation for sustainable development, environmental education, university curricula
Abstract

This article identifies general trends in implementation of education for sustainable development into higher education in Latvia. The purpose of this study is to explore to what extent and by means of which approach the higher education institutions in Latvia have been attempting to incorporate sustainability in the curricula. The questioning on 8 higher education institutions was conducted and the current initiatives of practices were assessed. The study results show that higher education institutions are at the first stage of transforming their curricula towards education for sustainable development, and the efforts to incorporate the issues of sustainability into the curricula can rather be characterised as education about sustainable development. Major emphasis is put on the links between environmental education and education for sustainable development.
Higher education institutions in Latvia are at the first stage of “greening” their curricula, and the efforts to incorporate the issues of SD into curricula can be characterised more as education about sustainable development. Since the environmental dimension is particularly accented and there is a noticeable lack of holistic and interdisciplinary approaches, the limited conception of SD is widespread among the higher education institutions. The possible agents of changes promoting sustainability in university structures are the academicians. Therefore, the activities focusing on the academic staff training and involvement in sustainable development ideas should be developed. Future studies should explore what is the academic understanding of sustainable development and how this perception affects the teaching and learning about SD.

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