Sustainability Science

, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp 253–265

Development of an educational model for sustainability science: challenges in the Mind–Skills–Knowledge education at Ibaraki University


DOI: 10.1007/s11625-011-0156-y

Cite this article as:
Tamura, M. & Uegaki, T. Sustain Sci (2012) 7: 253. doi:10.1007/s11625-011-0156-y


Modern society confronts multiple sustainability challenges, including population growth, resources limitations, and a deteriorating environment. As a response, sustainability science education plays a major role in developing human capacity to manage these issues. This paper proposes the concept of “sustainability science education across Mind–Skills–Knowledge” as well as the competencies to be acquired and its pedagogy. This paper evaluates the effectiveness of such an educational system and its method of implementation using the example of the Graduate Program on Sustainability Science (GPSS), which was started at Ibaraki University in 2009.


Sustainability science education Skills Mind Knowledge 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Institute for Global Change Adaptation Science (ICAS)Ibaraki UniversityMitoJapan
  2. 2.College of Sustainable System SciencesOsaka Prefecture UniversityOsakaJapan

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