A Sustainability Science-Based Framework for Science Education

  • Ajay Sharma
  • Cory Buxton


The final chapter first summarizes the main results of our empirical investigations. We then present our sustainability science-based framework for how science education should represent ecology and environmental science topics to better respond to the needs of the Anthropocene Epoch. The proposed framework is based on our conviction that we need a science education in our schools where learning undergirded by ethical commitments of intellectual rigor, civility, and care leads to praxis. Further, engagement in praxis should in turn occasion critical reflections back on science content and its ethical considerations. Our framework is defined by (a) the acknowledgment of an explicit ethical stance that needs to be the foundation of science education, (b) its compatibility in terms of content with the latest developments in ecology and environmental sciences, and (c) a definite orientation towards praxis in the service of social-ecological justice.


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  • Ajay Sharma
    • 1
  • Cory Buxton
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Educational Theory and PracticeUniversity of GeorgiaAthensUSA
  2. 2.University of GeorgiaAthensUSA

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