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Sustainability, Learning and Capability: Exploring Questions of Balance

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  • William A. H. Scott

    () (Centre for Research in Education and the Environment, University of Bath, Claverton Down, Bath, BA2 7AY, UK)

  • Stephen R. Gough

    () (Centre for Research in Education and the Environment, University of Bath, Claverton Down, Bath, BA2 7AY, UK)

Abstract

It is argued that sustainable development makes best sense as a social learning process that brings tangible and useful outcomes in terms of understanding and skills, and also reinforces the motivation and capability for further learning. Thus, there are always balances to be struck between a broad-based, wide-ranging education and a more specialist one; between a focus on ideas themselves, and on their application in social or economic contexts; and between keeping ideas separate, and integrating them. This paper will explore the nature of such balances, and the issues to bear in mind when striking them, focusing on schools, university and college contexts within the United Kingdom.

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  • William A. H. Scott & Stephen R. Gough, 2010. "Sustainability, Learning and Capability: Exploring Questions of Balance," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 2(12), pages 1-12, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:gam:jsusta:v:2:y:2010:i:12:p:3735-3746:d:10436
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    1. Midori Kawabe & Hiroshi Kohno & Takashi Ishimaru & Osamu Baba, 2013. "A University-Hosted Program in Pursuit of Coastal Sustainability: The Case of Tokyo Bay," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 5(9), pages 1-20, September.

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    Keywords

    learning; capability; sustainability; further education; higher education; ESD; citizenship; TVET; interdisciplinarity;

    JEL classification:

    • Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics
    • Q0 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General
    • Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q3 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q5 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics
    • Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth
    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products

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