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Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and chemistry education

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The years between 2005 and 2014 have been declared as a worldwide Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD) by the United Nations. DESD's intended purpose is to promote and more thoroughly focus education as a crucial tool preparing young people to be responsible future citizens, so that our future generations can shape society in a sustainable manner. All educational levels and domains are to be involved in contributing to ESD, including chemistry. This paper reflects upon the meaning of the UN's challenge and on what ESD pedagogy will mean for chemistry education. Additionally, it provides an overview of different models suggesting how such integration of sustainability issues can be compatible with chemistry education. Various consequences and implications arising from this approach will also be discussed.

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15 Sep 2011
11 Dec 2011
First published
31 Jan 2012

Chem. Educ. Res. Pract., 2012,13, 59-68
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Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and chemistry education

M. Burmeister, F. Rauch and I. Eilks, Chem. Educ. Res. Pract., 2012, 13, 59
DOI: 10.1039/C1RP90060A

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