Education for sustainable development (ESD): Exploring anthropocentric-ecocentric values in children through vignettes

Helen Kopnina*

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Abstract

The study of moral reasoning in relation to sustainable development is an emerging field within environmental education (EE) and education for sustainable development (ESD). The vignette method was used to evaluate the perception of the relationship between environmental and social issues in the Dutch upper elementary school children. This case study is placed within two broad areas of tension, namely between the need to address urgent environmental problems and to promote pluralistic democratic learning; and between the value of environment as an economic asset and deep ecology perspective. Results of this study indicate that the children are able to critically think about the moral dilemmas inherent in sustainable development and distinguish between different values in relation to environment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)124-132
Number of pages9
JournalStudies in Educational Evaluation
Volume41
Early online date25 Jan 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2014
Externally publishedYes

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