use their personal academic and disciplinary strengths to develop a group
and support a multidisciplinary curriculum for Education for Sustainability.
for Sustainable Development should involve the formal, nonformal, and
informal sectors of the education community. Participants may decide that
a community goal may be better taught by another sector.
size: 2 to 9 participants per group.
of participants per group, and the composition of the group, depends upon
the school's faculty. Where one individual teaches every subject to one
age group, teachers from several grades should compose the group. Where
specialized teachers teach one subject, the group should be multidisciplinary
with one member each from mathematics, language arts, social sciences,
environmental education, physical education/health, arts, and science.
of your community's sustainability goals, one copy per participant.
or binder for each participant.
Assign participants to multidisciplinary or grade-level groups.
Distribute pencils, lists of community sustainability goals, and Unity
is Strength worksheets.
Explain that education FOR sustainability differs from education ABOUT
sustainability. The former teaches the issues, perspectives, values,
knowledge, and skills children need to live sustainable lifestyles.
The latter treats the topic theoretically.
Draw the diagrams in Figures 1 and 2 on the chalkboard. Explain that
teaching issues, perspectives, values, knowledge, and skills needed
for sustainable living is not as strong or as achievable if taught by
only one person as when it is taught by many. Unity is strength. (See
Issue 6 - Engaging Traditional Disciplines in a Transdisciplinary Framework
elsewhere in this Toolkit.)
the first community sustainability goal in the center of the Unity diagram
on the worksheet.
the worksheet, groups will identify which skills, perspectives, values,
knowledge, and issues (from various disciplines) they can teach that
will support the selected community sustainability goal.
should check their responses to ensure that gaps and overlaps are not
completing the worksheets individually, participants share their ideas
with one another in their small assigned groups. To lend structure to
the discussions, each component of ESD (skills, perspectives, values,
knowledge and issues) can be discussed in turn.
should place the completed "Unity is Strength" worksheet in
their folders or binders.
should take a new worksheet and repeat Steps 4 through 8 for each community