Encyclopedia of Science Education

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| Editors: Richard Gunstone

Transformative Science Education

  • Peter Charles Taylor
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6165-0_212-2


Education for Sustainability

How can we prepare science teachers with professional knowledge and skills for ensuring that teaching and curricula meet the global challenges of the twenty-first century, among which learning to live sustainably on planet Earth is one of our most pressing concerns? Education for environmental, cultural, and economic sustainability has been a key focus of the United Nations for the past decade, underpinned by the Brundtland Report’s advocacy of an “intergenerational conscience” which recognizes that meeting the needs of the present should not compromise the ability of future generations to meet their own needs (UNWCED 1987). The recent “Rio + 20” United Nations conference on sustainable development ratified this view.

But implementing education for sustainability is no easy...


Science Education Science Teacher Pedagogical Content Knowledge Science Curriculum Transformative Learning 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of ScienceCurtin UniversityPerthAustralia