Advancing social sustainability through vocational education and training

Fien, J and Wilson, D 2009, 'Advancing social sustainability through vocational education and training' in Rupert Maclean, Peter Willis, Stephen McKenzie, Roger Harris (ed.) Rethinking work and learning: adult and vocational education for social sustainability, Springer, Netherlands, pp. 13-24.


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Title Advancing social sustainability through vocational education and training
Author(s) Fien, J
Wilson, D
Year 2009
Title of book Rethinking work and learning: adult and vocational education for social sustainability
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Netherlands
Editor(s) Rupert Maclean, Peter Willis, Stephen McKenzie, Roger Harris
Start page 13
End page 24
Subjects Environmental Sciences
Summary This chapter explores the implications for technical and vocational education of viewing sustainable development not only as a scientific goal but also as a culturally directed search for a dynamic balance in the relationships between social, economic, and natural systems. Such a balance would promote equity between the present and the future, and equity between countries, races, social classes, and genders. As a focus of learning and cultural change, sustainability requires a conscious commitment by all to reflect upon the values and principles that guide our actions. Such a view challenges technical and vocational educators to focus on their responsibilities in general education, especially in relation to learning for work as part of citizenship and sustainability. This approach would mean that programs provide opportunities for students to learn how to reflect upon their own values, how they affect workplace practices, lifestyle choices, and the social, economic, and environmental impacts that would result if everyone in the world believed and acted as they did. Such programs would also provide opportunities for learners to develop knowledge, skills, and alues appropriate to help create a fairer and less troubled world for all.
Copyright notice New York : Springer Science+Business, © 2009
Keyword(s) exploring spirituality
sustainable democracy
adult learning contributions
New York
Springer Science
Business Media
DOI - identifier 10.1007/978-1-4020-8964-0_2
ISBN 9781402089633
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