David W. Hicks

Teaching for a Better World: Learning for sustainability

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Portrait of Dave Hicks

David was formerly Professor in the School of book1Education, Bath Spa University, where he helped develop and taught on the undergraduate Education Studies degree. He is now a freelance educator with a particular interest in education for sustainability, climate change and the shift to a post-carbon future. For the last twenty years his research, writing and teaching have focused on ways of helping students and teachers think more critically and creatively about sustainable futures. His latest books are A Climate Change Companion: For family, school and community and Educating for Hope in Troubled Times: Climate change and the transition to a post-carbon future.

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The situation we face

In the early 21st century we find ourselves facing a number of unprecedented challenges which will lead to a future markedly different from today, both locally and globally. We know this because climate change, energy issues and the limits to growth all point towards the urgent need for a low-carbon society. The long transition to such a society will not be easy. One of the key tasks of education therefore is to help young people meet the challenges that lie ahead with confidence and vision.

The educational task

I believe this task has four interrelated strands which are as follows:

CLIMATE ~ Learning to live with climate change SUSTAINABILITY ~ Thinking and acting sustainably FUTURES ~ Preparing for the future IDEOLOGY ~ Exploring values and beliefs

To contact David please click here: dwh@clara.co.uk

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