Transformative Pedagogic Practice

Education for Sustainable Development and Water Conflicts in Indian Geography Education

  • Stephanie Leder

Part of the Education for Sustainability book series (EDFSU)

About this book


This book explores how the transnational Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) policy is being translated into formal school education in India. Stephanie Leder investigates the ESD’s transformative potential for pedagogic practice and builds a set of principles for how the global objectives of the ESD can be interpreted in diverse socio-cultural contexts. Her approach for transformative pedagogic practice emphasizes the promotion of a critical consciousness through argumentation skills. Using the case of water conflicts in geography education in India, the book reveals the contradictions between ESD objectives and curricula, syllabi, textbooks and classroom teaching at secondary schools in Pune, Maharashtra. Leder’s approach demonstrates how principles of schooling can be altered towards learner-centered, problem-posing and network-thinking teaching approaches to empower students towards reflective decision-making on the sustainable use of natural resources.


Education for Sustainable Development Environmental education Water education Geography education Cultural geography Schooling in India Transnational educational policies Policy translation Water conflicts Water resource management

Authors and affiliations

  • Stephanie Leder
    • 1
  1. 1.University of CologneCologneGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-981-13-2368-3
  • Online ISBN 978-981-13-2369-0
  • Series Print ISSN 2367-1769
  • Series Online ISSN 2367-1777
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