Achieving a socially and environmentally sustainable form of development has implications for what is taught in our schools and for the way that education is conducted. This highlights the need for teachers who have the capabilities and motivation to offer their learners an education for sustainable development (ESD).
In an attempt to define what an educator for sustainable development might look like, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) developed a framework of educator competences for ESD. That was back in 2011 but the framework was never tested with teachers or students and there were no measurable learning outcomes that could underpin a qualification in ESD.
A Rounder Sense of Purpose set out to plug this gap by:
- Developing a practical framework of competences for use in any European context so that in-service and pre-service educators can demonstrate their competence in ESD
- Developing tools and guidelines to help teacher educators implement the framework in a wide variety of contexts
These two outputs are presented on this website.
This work involved ‘distilling’ the UNECE competences and running a number of educator training programmes to test the resulting competence framework. Our various training programmes worked at undergraduate and postgraduate level and involved over 400 people – students, teachers, principals and others.
The work of the project has been shared through conferences, articles and papers, e.g.
- Towards a workable set of educator competences in education for sustainable development: the RSP project (De Vries, De Hamer & Vare)
- A Rounder Sense of Purpose: developing and assessing competences for educators of sustainable development (Form@re paper by Vare)
- A Rounder Sense of Purpose: developing competences in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) (presentation by Vare & Millican for 2018 EAUC Conference)
- Learning for an unpredictable future: what competences for educators (Francesca Farioli, Michela Mayer & Giovanna del Gobbo)
Through this work large numbers of educators have learned to recognise the way in which their values can be reflected in their teaching and are now better able to integrate ESD into different aspects of their practice whatever their subject specialism.
Ultimately, the aim of the project is to enhance existing educator training programmes with a wider set of competences that reflect more accurately the potential role of education in supporting smart, sustainable and inclusive economic development.
We hope you will make use of these materials; they are free to use but do please acknowledge RSP as the source. If you do make use of anything on this website, please let us know.