Devising a Competence-Based Training Program for Educators of Sustainable Development: Lessons Learned

Vare, Paul ORCID: 0000-0003-3182-9105, Arro, Grete, de Hamer, Andre, Del Gobbo, Giovanna, de Vries, Gerben, Farioli, Francesca, Kadji-Beltran, Chrysanthi, Kangur, Mihkel, Mayer, Michela, Millican, Richard ORCID: 0000-0001-7423-6428, Nijdam, Carlien, Réti, Monika and Zachariou, Aravella (2019) Devising a Competence-Based Training Program for Educators of Sustainable Development: Lessons Learned. Sustainability, 11 (7). p. 1890. doi:10.3390/su11071890

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Over recent decades, education policy has been preoccupied with economic growth while paying insufficient heed to global sustainability challenges. International initiatives to promote education for sustainable development (ESD) have been hampered by a lack of clarity on how to implement this form of education. To address this concern, a Rounder Sense of Purpose (RSP) began as a three-year EU-funded project that set out to develop a practical accreditation model for educators working on ESD. Expert and user opinion was sought through several rounds of structured consultation with over 500 people, chiefly using a Delphi approach, to develop and validate the model. The resulting framework comprises 12 competences, each with three learning outcomes and several underpinning components. This is supported by a range of activities largely reflecting a constructivist pedagogy. A range of assessment techniques have also been piloted within the project although this remains an area for further enquiry. Ultimately, it was decided not to design a single qualification template because defining the award to such a level of detail would make it more difficult to apply across multiple jurisdictions. Partners also felt that such an approach would atomize learning in a way that runs counter to the holistic principles of sustainability. RSP provided a rich learning experience for those involved and has already demonstrated its potential to extend its impact well beyond the original participants.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Additional Information: (This article belongs to the Special Issue Competencies in Education for Sustainable Development)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Competences; ESD; Teacher education; Competence framework; REF2021
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Research Priority Areas: Society and Learning
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2019 13:34
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 08:43

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