Inderscience Publishers

Structural transformation of education for sustainable development


Education is the key intervention for bringing change in knowledge, values, behaviours and lifestyles and is required to achieve sustainability and stability. There is a need to bring shifts in thinking, values and actions of individuals and institutions worldwide in order to make concern for sustainability a central theme in all education. This would be the most important contribution of educational institutes to the sustainability agenda. In dealing with this issue, the systems approach can offer a perspective more useful than analytical approaches, because the systems view is a way to thinking in terms of connectedness, relationships and context. The article delineates the role of knowledge, education and educational institutes in sustainable development and proposes a 'mutual learning model'. The article is concluded with future direction of higher education.

Keywords: sustainable development, sustainability education, environmental education, knowledge, higher education

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