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Exploring the role of children and young people as agents of change in sustainable community development

Percy-Smith, Barry and Burns, Danny (2013) Exploring the role of children and young people as agents of change in sustainable community development. Local Environment, 18 (3). pp. 323-339. ISSN 1354-9839

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Abstract

In 2007, the Department for Children Schools and Families in the UK outlined the Sustainable Schools Strategy setting out an agenda for schools and environmental education. While many schools made advances in their provision of learning for sustainability, questions remained about the impact school-based Education for Sustainable Development could have in making communities more sustainable. A central question concerns the roles envisaged for children and youth and what forms of (transformative) learning are needed for children to become active agents in sustainable community development. Based on learning from an ESRC action research project exploring the role of schools in developing sustainable communities and drawing on international experience, this article presents a framework for discussing the roles children and young people might take as agents of change in sustainable community development. The article concludes by discussing the implications for cultures of learning in schools.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Applied Childhood Studies
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Applied Childhood, Youth and Family Research
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Depositing User: Sharon Beastall
Date Deposited: 06 May 2014 11:59
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2015 13:56
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/20208

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