General description of the Project
1995 - now
The ENSI Teacher Education program seeks
- To integrate innovative approaches in teacher education programs through environmental education
- To use ENSI experience for action-research based curriculum development in teacher education supporting active open ended learning, dealing with uncertainty and conflicting values.
- To establish win-win partnerships between teacher educators, students and schools involved in environmental initiatives.
- To achieve high quality by joint reflection and analysis of country experiences and by developing options for teacher education policies.
Environmental education as defined & by the OECD-Project "Environment and School Initiatives" (ENSI) is premised upon inter-disciplinarity and the realization of dynamic learning qualities in students in which knowledge is not passively appropriated but actively constructed. Furthermore it relates knowledge to spheres of socially important action and requires the interrogation of assumptions and values that configure controversial issues. Finally it encourages reflexive and responsible action and therefore it contributes to Education for Sustainable Development.
The Teacher Education program offers as major benefits to participating countries
- Exchange and reflection on country experiences and participation in international professional discussion among experts, teacher educators and administrators on innovations in teacher education
- Contribution to improving quality of both teacher education and environmental education regarding practice, policy and theory.
Project development2004 - 2007: CSCT-Project A framework to integrate ESD in the curriculum of teacher training institutes
The CSCT project (Timeframe 2004 - 2007) was developed as a response to the call of the UNECE Ministers of Environment in 2003 to include education for sustainable development (ESD) in curricula from pre-school to higher and adult education.