INTEGRATING SUSTAINABILITY DEVELOPMENT OBJECTIVES IN A UNIVERSITY SUBJECT
1 Universidad Jaume I (SPAIN)
2 Universidad Internacional de Valencia (SPAIN)
About this paper:
Conference name: 14th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 4-6 July, 2022
Location: Palma, Spain
Abstract:Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) empowers learners with knowledge, skills, values and attitudes to take informed decisions and make responsible actions for environmental integrity, economic viability and a just society. ESD means including key sustainable development issues into teaching and learning; for example, climate change, disaster risk reduction, biodiversity, poverty reduction, and sustainable consumption.
This new educational model based on use education for the Sustainable Development Goals (DSDG) achievement generates a challenge in education management because it is necessary to reorient curriculum, programs, practices, and policies. This challenge affects the governance of education, educational institutions managers and educators, as well as the content and pedagogy of education.
This paper shows the findings of the project carried out to apply education for sustainability into a university subject. The subject is called Didactics of the Spanish Language and it is teaching in the Degree of Teacher of Primary Education. The objective of this subject is to train primary teachers in how to develop linguistic skills in their future 6 to 12 years old students.
The findings of the project are summarized in:
(1) the identification of the knowledge and engagement for sustainability in students,
(2) the re-design of the subject’s curriculum (contents, assessment, etc.) to integrate sustainability in education.
The work presented here could be taken as the basis for future analyses and similar improvements in other institutions, taking into account the methodology followed in this work and the questionnaires carried out.
Keywords: Sustainable education, educational management, development goals, sustainability, curriculum design, learning experiences.