With its focus on problem-solving and critical thinking, inquiry-based science education (IBSE) is well-suited for teaching Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) at school. Like IBSE, ESD gives explicit attention to developing young people’s creative ability to problem solve and imagine new scenarios through the active learning processes of conceptualising, planning, acting and reflecting. It provides the space for critical thinking to be combined with the creative act of interpreting images of the future. This dimension helps students to develop skills necessary for democratic engagement.
The aims of SUSTAIN are the developement of teachers CPD, classroom activities and IBSE resources for ESD (Education for Sustainable Development).
To help pupils to understand “the changes caused by human activity to the natural world and of our responsibility as individual citizens”, teachers should be able to convey “an understanding of the fundamental concepts of science and an interest in sustainable development, which have become keys to active, responsible citizenship.”
SUSTAIN will build upon a well-established network of continuing professional development (CPD) providers who have already begun to link IBSE-based activities with citizenship, ethics and responsibility issues.
The SUSTAIN network also runs a website which provides information about the project: www.sustain-europe.eu