Critical Reflections on the UNDESD: From the Perspectives of Informal Education in a Community Development Context

Noguchi, F 2018, 'Critical Reflections on the UNDESD: From the Perspectives of Informal Education in a Community Development Context', Journal of Education for Sustainable Development, vol. 11, no. 2, pp. 141-151.


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Collection: Journal Articles

Title Critical Reflections on the UNDESD: From the Perspectives of Informal Education in a Community Development Context
Author(s) Noguchi, F
Year 2018
Journal name Journal of Education for Sustainable Development
Volume number 11
Issue number 2
Start page 141
End page 151
Total pages 11
Publisher Sage Publications India Pvt. Ltd.
Abstract The UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014) aimed to take a socially critical and transformative approach to ESD through all forms of education. Unfortunately, it mainly focused on formal education and overlooked the informal education that is embedded in the community development process of tackling unsustainable problems in real life, especially from the perspectives of marginalized people. Besides the political and economic pressures that cause the gap, current theorizing in ESD, which draws from critical theory, focuses predominantly on formal education or schooling contexts. It offers little guidance on appropriate pedagogical practice in community development. Theorizing informal education for sustainable community development is needed to support the UN's Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, and decoloniality is a potential theoretical approach to this issue.
Subject Environmental Education and Extension
Education not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) Education for sustainable development (ESD)
UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (UNDESD)
informal education
community development
marginalized peoples
decoloniality
DOI - identifier 10.1177/0973408218763468
Copyright notice Copyright © 2018
ISSN 0973-4082
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