The Ebb and Flow of Environmental and Sustainability Education in UK Schools

Lee, Elsa, Vare, Paul ORCID: 0000-0003-3182-9105 and Finlayson, Ann (2020) The Ebb and Flow of Environmental and Sustainability Education in UK Schools. In: Green Schools Globally: Stories of impact on Education for Sustainable Development. Springer, pp. 365-384. ISBN 9783030468200

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This chapter describes and reflects upon the recent history and contemporary situation regarding Environmental and Sustainability Education (ESE) in the UK. It discusses how ESE is practised and understood in schools and other educational institutions and describes influencers (e.g. policy) on the practice and conceptualisation of ESE. While the focus is on the situation in England, the chapter also refers to publications and policy about ESE in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland; in so doing the chapter illustrates what may be known as the ‘green school movement’ elsewhere. A picture emerges of multi-directional influences including policy, public opinion, civil society organisations and businesses, academic research and schools. To illustrate this varied landscape, the chapter includes three case studies, one from policy, one from school-based practice and one from civil society. The chapter concludes with commentary on the influence of the Sustainable Development Goals, wellbeing and nature connectedness and the potential of social media to shape ESE in schools in the future.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Education; Sustainability
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Research Priority Areas: Society and Learning
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2019 14:36
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 08:43

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