A Curriculum Model to Underpin ESD (Sept 2008)

URL http://esd.escalate.ac.uk/downloads/2002.pdf
Summary Invited paper by Steve Pratchett Marjon Plymouth

Steve first developed his curriculum model for underpinning Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in 1984 when working as a development education officer for Christian Aid in NE London. He revised it in 2004 and again in 2006. It is an enquiry-based model that addresses the

cognitive, affective and action domains. He illustrates how it works in practice with an example of children in a Devon school who "identified a real issue that concerned them".

In this paper Steve argues that, firstly "education is critical for achieving environmental and ethical awareness, values and attitudes and behaviour consistent with sustainable development and for effective public participation in decision-making." (UN 1992),

secondly, that this education will be most effective through a curriculum model that does not just address the cognitive domain but also the affective and action domains, and thirdly, that this education should be enquiry led, process orientated, participatory, systemic, holistic and transformative, which leads to changes in not just attitudes but also behaviour.

Steve also looks at 5 other curriculum models.

Steve Pratchett is a Senior Lecturer in Geography, University College Plymouth, St Mark & St John and has been involved in ITE since 1986.