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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

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

About the editors

Rolf Jucker is currently teamleader at Kaospilots Switzerland and a coach and consultant in organisational learning processes towards sustainability. Until the end of 2013 he ran the department of conceptual ESD development at the Swiss Foundation for ESD, éducation21. From 2008–2012 he was director of the Swiss Foundation for Environmental Education, an independent body tasked with the mainstreaming of Environmental Education and ESD in the Swiss school system. Having gained an MSc in Education for Sustainability, he has worked extensively as an international ESD advisor and has widely published on the subject, amongst others Our Common Illiteracy. Education as if the Earth and People mattered (2002).

Reiner Mathar is currently heading the coordination of ESD in the state of Hessen (Germany), is German representative of the KMK (Standing Conference of Ministers of Education in Germany) at the Steering Committee of UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe) and Member of the National Round Table for the UN-Decade on ESD in Germany. Since 1997 he has been involved in all nation-wide programmes on ESD in Germany, in particular in the process of developing the concept of "Gestaltungskompetenz", which is the leading concept of ESD in Germany. In the field of ESD with a focus on global development, he is one of the editors of the national curriculum framework. In 2010 he was co-opted as an expert on ESD onto the international ESD-EXPERT-net (India, Germany, Mexico and South-Africa).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Schooling for Sustainable Development in Europe
  • Book Subtitle Concepts, Policies and Educational Experiences at the End of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development
  • Editors Rolf Jucker
    Reiner Mathar
  • Series Title Schooling for Sustainable Development
  • Series Abbreviated Title Schooling Sustainable Development
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-09548-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-38113-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-09549-3
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXI, 380
  • Number of Illustrations 3 b/w illustrations, 14 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Human Geography
    Science Education
    Sustainable Development
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