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Implementing ESD in Schools: Perspectives of Principals in Germany, Macau, and the USA

  • To successfully cope with global challenges such as climate change or loss of biodiversity, it will require a substantial change in the ways societies make use of the natural resources of our planet. Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is expected to support the transformation of societies towards more sustainable ways of thinking, working, and living. Although there is a broad range of literature on ESD, little is known about the role of school leadership in ESD. However, leadership is crucial for the implementation of ESD in schools. This article gives a short overview of the status of ESD within Germany, Macau, and the United States and a literature review on leadership for ESD in schools. It reports on a study that seeks to investigate what principals do in Germany, Macau, and the United States; specifically, what management strategies they use and which competences they need to successfully establish ESD in their schools.

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Author:Ulrich Müller, Dawson R. Hancock, Tobias Stricker, Chuang Wang
Publisher:MDPI Open Access Journals
Document Type:Working Paper
Publishing Institution:Pädagogische Hochschule Ludwigsburg
Release Date:2023/01/24
Year of Completion:2021
Tag:education for sustainable development; ESD; school leadership; principals
GND Keyword:Erziehung; Umwelt
Issue:Sustainability 2021, 13(17)
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DDC class:300 Sozialwissenschaften / 370 Erziehung, Schul- und Bildungswesen
Open Access:Ja
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY - Namensnennung 4.0 International