Schooling for Sustainable Development in Europe

Concepts, Policies and Educational Experiences at the End of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development

  • Rolf Jucker
  • Reiner Mathar

Part of the Schooling for Sustainable Development book series (SSDE, volume 6)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. General and Cross-National Issues

  3. Case Studies from Individual Countries or Regions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 121-121
    2. Franz Rauch, Günther Pfaffenwimmer
      Pages 157-176
    3. Mariona Espinet, Mercè Junyent, Arnau Amat, Alba Castelltort
      Pages 177-199
    4. Mónika Réti, Dániel Horváth, Katalin Czippán, Attila Varga
      Pages 201-219
    5. Mauri K. Åhlberg, Mervi Aineslahti, Annukka Alppi, Lea Houtsonen, Anna Maaria Nuutinen, Arto Salonen
      Pages 221-239
    6. Mari Ugland Andresen, Nina Høgmo, Astrid Sandås
      Pages 241-255
    7. Simon Rolls, Katrine Dahl Madsen, Torben Ingerslev Roug, Niels Larsen
      Pages 257-277
    8. Katrien Van Poeck, Jürgen Loones, Ingrid Claus
      Pages 279-291
    9. Michel Ricard, Maryvonne Dussaux
      Pages 293-309
    10. Stephen Martin, James Dillon, Peter Higgins, Glenn Strachan, Paul Vare
      Pages 335-360
    11. Martin de Wolf, André de Hamer
      Pages 361-380

About this book


This book examines the implementation of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) programs in schools across Europe. It describes and analyzes how individual countries and the region as a whole have established teaching and learning methods to help students develop the competencies needed to be part of a sustainable society.

Featuring chapters written by experts throughout Europe, the book first provides a general overview of ESD in various contexts, including the state-of-the-art of ESD theory and conceptual development; political and social analysis; the various concepts of ESD competencies; and teacher training. Next, the book details how ESD has been implemented in different European countries and regions, including: Sweden, Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Catalonia, Hungary, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Flanders, France, Cyprus, UK, and the Netherlands.

In recognition of education as a motor of change, the United Nations General Assembly declared a Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014), calling for the integration of sustainable development into all aspects of education and learning. Inside this book, readers will find details on what has been done, as well as assessments of what more could be done, across Europe. It will help readers gain valuable insights into how to help students develop the knowledge, skills, and values needed to shape a sustainable future.


Capacity Building Criteria for ESD Schools ESD in Cities and Communities Eco-social Education Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Environmental Education Formal and Non-formal Learning Local Communal Learning Nature-based Education School and Sustainability Network Social Learning Sustainable Society Teacher Training Teaching and Learning Methods

Editors and affiliations

  • Rolf Jucker
    • 1
  • Reiner Mathar
    • 2
  1. 1.SILVIVA, Foundation for Experiential Environmental EducationZurichSwitzerland
  2. 2.Coordinating expert for Education for Sustainable DevelopmentMinistry of Education and TrainingHessenGermany

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