Bill Scott's blog

Thoughts on learning, sustainability and the link between them

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  • Schools, but not as we know them, perhaps

    It seems to me that one of those seminal moments is approaching, when we shall have to decide whether sustainability in schools is to be seen and treated as just another initiative, a bit like environmental education or global citizenship...

  • The UN ESD Decade – half way there

    For three days at the end of March, 900+ people assembled in Bonn for the mid-Decade review.  This brief comment is partial - in at least two senses. 1. EFA and ESD If you log onto the UNESCO Education homepage you will see that UNESCO's top priority is “Education...

  • Stanley Fish and the line of virtue

    Last November, the THE's Devil's Advocate column focused on Stanley Fish, the Milton scholar.  I was reminded of the piece as I sat in the back of a primary school classroom the other day watching what was going on.  In...

  • People & Planet – 2009

    I see that the University has slipped (again) in the Green League table – 56th this time – only getting a 2:2. What's worse, we're not only behind the usual stalwarts at Gloucestershire and Plymouth, but also trailing in the...

  • There is a TIDE in the affairs of men ...

    Another engaging meeting with TIDE in Birmingham on Thursday: What on earth are we thinking?  This drew a large audience from schools, local authorities, NGOs, government offices, community and religious groups, FE and HE, and museums from across the west...

  • Forthcoming talks and presentations

    Monday 15th June; 1930            Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution The Idea of a Sustainable School: dreams, hopes and realities   Thursday 18th June                     TIDE...

  • Talking with Architects

    The government has a hugely ambitious goal that every school will be a 'sustainable school' by 2020, and it encourages institutions to address sustainability across all aspects of school life through: [i] what (and how) students are taught; [ii] how...

  • GOSW-funded sustainable schools training programme

    The University of Bath's Centre for Research in Education and the Environment [CREE] has now completed its external evaluation report of the GOSW-funded sustainable schools training programme which had been carried out by a consortium of local authorities and third...

  • Learning for Sustainability from the pupils’ perspective

    The recent publication from WWF: Learning for Sustainability from the pupils’ perspective reports on Chris Gayford's 3-year research with 15 schools, and raises significant issues about the skills that young people might develop and sets out ideas on the progression of...

  • Judging the Effectiveness of a Sustainable School: a brief exploration of issues

    This essay explores a central question for all those involved in ESD: What are you really most interested in, educational or social outcomes—what learners learn, or what they do? The paper argues that it is an issue that needs to...