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Building the requisite capacity for stewardship and sustainable development

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Purpose ‐ The purpose of this paper is to provide a menu of instruction methods for educators to increase engagement in sustainable practices. The paper also aims to assist those increasing the understanding of education for sustainable development, to the power of two-EfSD2, through research and teaching. Design/methodology/approach ‐ This paper provides a descriptive and analytical approach to the field of education for sustainable development. It includes a review of the relevant literature on stewardship and sustainable practices. Findings ‐ The paper provides a succinct summary of gaps to and remedies for sustainable development. It offers a comprehensive explanation of eight distinct approaches to education for sustainable development. Practical implications ‐ The application of EfSD2 methods described in this paper have been found to increase productive results through enabling learners to grapple with and create solutions for real life sustainability problems. The paper proposes a more thorough testing of the various educational methods to assess their effectiveness in increasing sustainable practices. Originality/value ‐ As far as the author is aware, this paper is the first to compile this "tool kit" for EfSD2. It offers the reader new ways to interpret older techniques along with a plethora of instructional methods not previously consolidated to advance stewardship and sustainable practices.

Keywords: Education; Sustainable development

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/14676370710726580

Publication date: April 17, 2007

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