New Publications

  • The DfE's new environmental education strategy

    The DfE has launched its new environmental education strategy for consultation.  Actually, they called it a (draft) Sustainability & Climate Change strategy (for the education & children’s services systems).  You can read it here. There are 5 mentions of curriculum, but...

  • Education: A Very Short Introduction

    A second edition of Gary Thomas's OUP publication, Education: A Very Short Introduction, has now been published.  When this book first appeared in 2013, with its stimulating, readable approach, I thought it was so good that the Department of Education ought...

  • Affirming the negative

    Michalinos Zembylas, from the Open University of Cyprus, has a chapter in a new book: Affect and the Rise of Rightwing Populism.  This is the summary: "This chapter seeks to explore how, why and under which conditions a move away from critique...

  • Educating for the Future we Want?

    I've been reading Stephen Sterling's opening essay in the new GTI Forum, The Pedagogy of Transition. It begins: "Formal education systems have—or should have—a critical role in the global social learning process underpinning the Great Transition.  On the face of it,...

  • Working together?

    I wrote an article for Issue 4 of Elephant Times, the new venture from Tide~.  It ended with a challenge to organisations promoting development education and global learning: –  remember that tackling climate change and environmental issues is vital if all humans...

  • QAA ignores students

    Steve Martin, who writes the Transformative Future Learning blog has written about the new guidance on ESD from QAA and its friends.  It's fair to say that he's underwhelmed.  This is how the post ends: " ... in 2014, the...

  • Dasgupta 1

    The Dasgupta Review was published last week and can be downloaded.  It has been widely welcomed.  The Review said that schools should “introduce Nature studies from the earliest stages of our lives and revisit them in the years we spend in secondary...

  • The problem of ESD Groupthink

    The reason the QAA's latest ESD Guidance is such an egregious irrelevance must have something to do with the narrow range of people whom it choses to be advised by.  Here are the job titles of the university-based members of...

  • ESD in HE – QAA has another go

    Heaven help me but I've been reading the latest attempt by the QAA and its friends to get academics to take ESD seriously.  You'll find it here, and there's a 10 question survey to give your feedback.  Good luck.  The survey begins...

  • Our missing book Chapter

    In our new book –Learning, Environment and Sustainable Development: a history of ideas – that was published last week, Paul Vare and I wrote about Virgil's Georgics which were written between 37 and 29 BCE.  The Georgics outward theme is farming and rural...