ESD pedagogy: A guide for the perplexed

Efrat Eilam, Tamar Trop

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This article addresses issues regarding implementation of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) within formal education systems. In particular, it seeks to identify the basic essential components of ESD pedagogy. The authors present a theoretical pedagogical framework based on accumulated theory and experience in the field. The framework aspires to encompass the majority of prevailing pedagogies within a simple set of four basic principles. It will be argued that the four principal pedagogies are basic and indispensable prerequisites for achieving the goals of ESD, and the lack of one is sufficient to undermine the ESD's pedagogical construct.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-64
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Environmental Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Education for sustainable development (ESD)
  • environmental education (EE)
  • environmental literacy
  • pedagogy
  • responsible environmental behavior (REB)
  • sustainability literacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • General Environmental Science


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