Future Generations: Developing Education for Sustainability and Global Citizenship for University Education Students

Watkins, Philippa and Glover, Alison (2016). Future Generations: Developing Education for Sustainability and Global Citizenship for University Education Students. In: Leal Filho, Walter and Pace, Paul eds. Teaching Education for Sustainable Development at University Level. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing, pp. 67–81.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-32928-4_5

URL: https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-3-...

Abstract

Education for Sustainability and Global Citizenship is a module currently taught to final year students studying for an undergraduate Early Years degree at the University of South Wales. Initially the module focused on giving information about Welsh Government policy on Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship (ESDGC) and similar policies from across the developing world. The focus was academic with some attention given to practical links between government policy and practice. The module has evolved to include greater understanding of ESDGC as a key element in fostering and promoting 21st century skills to Early Years students; such as problem solving, thinking skills and effective communication. This was achieved through links with Zelyn Academy, a school in the Kibera Slums of Nairobi and participation workshops. ESDGC is to be a key component of a new B.A. (Hons) Early Years Education and Practice degree at the university. It will continue to develop links between the school in Nairobi and a local high school, and will be taught through dynamic use of Information Technology, strategies from the ‘flipped classroom’ and participatory workshops. At its heart is a commitment to the fundamental importance of ESDGC not only as an ethos, but as a core practice.

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