DEVELOPING A PUBLIC VOICE: PLACE-BASED EDUCATION AS AN APPROACH TO EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN THE EFL CLASSROOM

PUPIL: International Journal of Teaching, Education and Learning

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Title DEVELOPING A PUBLIC VOICE: PLACE-BASED EDUCATION AS AN APPROACH TO EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN THE EFL CLASSROOM
 
Creator Ver Steeg, Jr., Jackson
 
Subject Place-Based Education
Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)
English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Classroom
Project-Based Education
 
Description This paper argues for developing education for sustainable development (ESD) as a specific focus area in the university EFL classroom, and suggests place-based education as a method to develop the attitudes and skills identified as critical to developing the discourse area of sustainability.  This research aimed to determine whether engaging students with making connections between a local place of interest and personal identity stimulated personal agency within a global sustainable development (SD) discourse. Participants worked on group e-projects that asked them to identify a local place of importance, whether personal or civic, and redesign it with an aspect towards sustainability. Student attitudes regarding SD were gauged from pre-and post-testing using a modified version of the OECD’s Global Competency Self-Assessment Survey, as well as student interviews and reflective comments.  Preliminary results suggest that these attempts to introduce sustainability into the classroom through place-based education improved awareness and attitudes about global issues, and positively impacted abilities to participate in the SD discourse community in English. This is notable, as the sustainable development discourse community is increasingly important to nearly all university students of English, regardless of intended career track, and is worthy of inclusion as a specific focus of study. Article DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.20319/pijtel.2019.31.7187 This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non-commercial 4.0 International License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ or send a letter to Creative Commons, PO Box 1866, Mountain View, CA 94042, USA.
 
Publisher GRDS Publishing
 
Date 2019-03-15
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
Peer-reviewed Article
 
Format application/pdf
 
Identifier https://grdspublishing.org/index.php/PUPIL/article/view/1833
 
Source PUPIL: International Journal of Teaching, Education and Learning; Vol 3 No 1 (2019): Regular Issue
2457-0648
 
Language eng
 
Relation https://grdspublishing.org/index.php/PUPIL/article/view/1833/3276
 
Rights Copyright (c) 2019 Jackson Ver Steeg, Jr.
 

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