Journal of Science Education and Technology

, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp 27–36

Teacher Education for Sustainability. I. Global Change Education: The Scientific Foundation for Sustainability

  • Lynn L. Mortensen

DOI: 10.1023/A:1009468806854

Cite this article as:
Mortensen, L.L. Journal of Science Education and Technology (2000) 9: 27. doi:10.1023/A:1009468806854


Our schools and educators face a compelling responsibility to serve society by fostering the transformations needed to set us on a path to sustainable development in the 21st century. Education for Sustainability is a new paradigm, that is based on a life long learning process that leads to an informed and involved citizenry having the creative problem solving skills, scientific, technological, and social literacy, and a commitment to engage in responsible actions that will help ensure an environmentally sound and economically prosperous future for all. This paper and the following paper, from a soon to be published book, Education for a Sustainable Future: A Paradigm of Hope, edited by Keith A. Wheeler, focus on the need to have science imbedded at the core of the Education for Sustainability paradigm and the need to increase and enhance teacher education to better be able to create the necessary interdisciplinary thinking critical to transform learners for the next millennium.

Education for Sustainabilitypreservice professional developmentinservice professional developmentsustainable developmentenvironmental educationglobal change educationagenda 21sustainable development education

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lynn L. Mortensen
    • 1
  1. 1.USGCRPWashington