The UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development: business as usual in the end? – OPEN ACCESS!

Cartoon by Betsie Streeter

Cartoon by Betsie Streeter

Environmental Education Research has just published a special issue on environmental education in the age of neo-liberalism. It is a fascinating collection of papers! Here’s what SI editors Joe Henderson, David Hursh and David Greenwood write in their opening paper: This introduction to a special issue of Environmental Education Research explores how environmental education is shaped by the political, cultural, and economic logic of neoliberalism. Neoliberalism, we suggest, has become the dominant social imaginary, making particular ways of thinking and acting possible while simultaneously discouraging the possibility and pursuit of others. Consequently, neoliberal ideals promoting economic growth and using markets to solve environmental and economic problems constrain how we conceptualize and implement environmental education. However, while neoliberalism is a dominant social imaginary, there is not one form of neoliberalism, but patterns of neoliberalization that differ by place and time. In addition, while neoliberal policies and discourses are often portrayed as inevitable, the collection shows how these exist as an outcome of ongoing political projects in which particular neoliberalized social and economic structures are put in place. Together, the editorial and contributions to the special issue problematize and contest neoliberalism and neoliberalization, while also promoting alternative social imaginaries that privilege the environment and community over neoliberal conceptions of economic growth and hyper-individualism. I had the good fortune to work together on a paper, reviewing the UN DESD from this perspective, with John Huckle. Here’s the abstract to our paper: HuckleWalsAbstract2

The paper is one of three papers (out of 13) that Taylor & Frances has made open-access! The paper’s citation is: Huckle, J., Wals, A.E.J. (2015)  The UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development: business as usual in the end. Environmental Education Research, 21(3), p. 491-505. DOI:10.1080/13504622.2015.1011084  It can be downloaded here HuckleWalsESDNeoliberalismEER2015

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3 thoughts on “The UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development: business as usual in the end? – OPEN ACCESS!

  1. Thank you for the complements. BTW, the correct spelling of my name is below.

    David

    David Hursh, PhD Professor Teaching and Curriculum Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development 452 LeChase Hall RC Box 270425 University of Rochester Rochester, NY 14627-0425 Phone: 585.275.3947 Fax: 585.486.1159 Mobile: 585.406.1258 E-mail: dhursh@warner.rochester.edu https://www.warner.rochester.edu/facultystaff/hursh Associate Region Editor- Americas- Journal of Education Policy. Associate Editor- Policy Futures in Education

    From: Transformative learning <comment-reply@wordpress.com> Reply-To: Transformative learning <comment+ry5dmhp0rym509rujkbsr8@comment.wordpress.com> Date: Monday, March 16, 2015 at 6:09 AM To: Hursh David <dhursh@warner.rochester.edu> Subject: [New post] The UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development: business as usual in the end?

    arjenwals posted: ” Environmental Education Research has just published a special issue on environmental education in the age of neo-liberalism. It is a fascinating collection of papers! Here’s what SI editors Joe Henderson, David Hursch and David Greenwood write in their “

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