Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Role of Teachers on Education for Sustainable Development

  • Elizabeth M. Potter-NelsonEmail author
  • Joy Kcenia O’Neil
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_226


Role of teachers on education for sustainable development is defined by addressing how preservice and in-service teachers become change agents by gaining competence in education for sustainable development. Teachers need to become sustainability literate which can be accomplished through formal and informal professional development offered by tertiary institutions and nonprofit organizations.


Tertiary institutions and nonprofit organizations play a significant role in building capacity and preparing preservice and in-service educators in educating for sustainable development. The role of teachers more specifically is to foster this transition toward sustainability in their teaching methods of K-12 students. Teachers with a strong knowledge base on sustainability will prepare them to navigate the ever-changing nature of the world and teach their students with the necessary knowledge, skills, and dispositions in sustainability resulting in sustainability literacy...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elizabeth M. Potter-Nelson
    • 1
    Email author
  • Joy Kcenia O’Neil
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Education, College of Professional StudiesUniversity of Wisconsin Stevens PointStevens PointUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Ingrid Molderez
    • 1
  1. 1.KU LeuvenLeuvenBelgium