promoting learning for change?
Can transformative learning nurture spaces for
innovation in education for sustainable
development? A call to action from saguf.
Lead: Ruth Förster (STRIDE & dr. ruth förster training & beratung; E-Mail: email@example.com)
Members: Clemens Mader (Universität ZH & Empa St. Gallen), Helene Sironi (Silviva & SironiWeiss), Lukas Weiss (SironiWeiss), Sandra Wilhelm (Education21 & anders kompetent), Anne Zimmermann (CDE, Universität Bern)
The working group Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) contributes to the implementation of the UNESCO "World Action Programme Education for Sustainable Development" (Global Action Programme, GAP). The aim is to implement ESD in all areas of learning.The focus of the ESD WG is on the implementation of ESD in universities. As "reflective practitioners", we work on the following questions in interdisciplinary exchange with other experts and practitioners:
Our aim is to generate theoretically founded and practical contributions on the basis of a constructivist-systemic (educational) understanding and to give targeted impulses for the ESD discourse in Switzerland and Europe.
How can "transformative learning" be used and operationalised for individual and collective learning processes in ESD at universities?
We have published a discussion paper on these questions in GAIA 4/2017 (Balsiger et al. 2017).
In September 2018 a two-day retreat took place: "Practising Transformative Learning - Significance for Higher Education for Sustainable Development". Experiences were discussed with invited practitioners and important framework conditions were worked out. As a guest from abroad, we welcomed Marilyn Mehlmann, who headed the Global Action Plan International for several years and received the Rachel Carson Prize 2011. The results of the retreat were presented at the conference "Science in Transition" in Vienna (November 2018) and will be published in 2019. The retreat was financially supported by the Copernicus Alliance.
Ruth Förster, Training & Beratung