The purpose of this lesson is to demonstrate that sustainability perspectives are highly compatible with contemporary educational philosophy, pedagogical approaches and as a consequence the learner profile and mission statements of many educational institutions and organizations.
While there are strong arguments that contemporary education is driving unsustainabilty it is undeniable that existing education systems have been highly successful in meeting past socio-economic demands. Consequently, education systems and organizations are often very resistant to change. Therefore, for sustainability perspectives to be successfully integrated into educational systems and organizations it is necessary to identify and emphasize the ways in which they are culturally compatible with existing educational priorities.
It is very common for schools to reference mission and vision statements, core values and/or learner profiles (or similar characteristics to describe their learners) that include either explicit or implicit reference to sustainability in their mission statements. During this lesson participants will reflect on the existing mission statement and/or core values of the school or organization in which they currently work; the learner profile (or similar) statements that have most relevance to them; and their personal educational philosophy in order to consider how each is aligned with sustainability education.
Essential Question: To what extent are sustainability perspectives compatible with existing educational values and practice?
Outcome: Identify sustainability dispositions and examine their compatibility with personal educational philosophy and institutional values.
- IDENTIFY your school/organization’s mission and core values
- IN YOUR WORKBOOK
- 2(a) Write your school/organization’s mission and core values
- 2(b) Reflect on the extent to which your school’s mission and core values are aligned with sustainability education
- 2(c) Identify the learner profile (or similar) statements that are most relevant to your educational practice and note them
- 2(d) Reflect on the extent to which your learner profile (or similar) statements are aligned with sustainability education
- 2(e) Reflect on your personal educational philosophy
- 2(f) List the students dispositions that you feel are important components of a sustainability aligned learner profile