Rolf Jucker

Rolf Jucker
SILVIVA - Swiss Foundation for Experiental Environmental Education

PhD, MSc

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Introduction
The focus of my work at the moment is: how do we establish an evidence-based approach to sustainability education? Most of the studies in the field are of low methodological and analytical quality and most start from assumptions and convictions which are not really tested against sound knowledge.
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October 2014 - present
SILVIVA - Swiss Foundation for Experiental Environmental Education
Position
  • Managing Director
Description
  • Research into sustainability, sustainability education and contributing factors to change in society, particularly through education
June 2005 - December 2012
Swiss Foundation for Environmental Education
Position
  • Managing Director
Description
  • Research into sustainability, sustainability education and contributing factors to change in society, particularly through education
August 1992 - June 2005
Swansea University
Position
  • Professor (Associate)

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Publications (21)
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Have you ever wondered why the discussions on social media and in politics are so far removed from the accumulated, evidence-based knowledge we have on so many of the issues concerned? This book tries to connect the dots and bring together insights from many different fields. It aims to resist the temptation for easy answers and poses some hard que...
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Ellis' book is a classical example of Sokal-like intellectual bullshitting: use elaborate jargon in order to conceal that you have nothing noteworthy to say...
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In Eco-Justice thinking and practice, as well as in environmental and sustainability education more broadly, we are very much entrenched in mental models and concepts such as nature and emotions are good, humans and science are bad, indigenous people hold wisdom vs. modernity is oppressive etc. We attach great emotional value to these beliefs and c...
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As in many other countries the transformation of the Swiss education system into one that is conducive to a sustainable society is difficult. The chapter will look at what has been achieved since the beginning of the UN Decade of ESD in the context of the Swiss School System, what is planned for the next years and how these activities relate to the...
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This chapter provides an introduction to the volume. It summarises and brings into focus the issues raised by the implementation of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) programmes in schools across Europe. It draws together the main lessons learnt throughout the UN Decade of ESD (DESD), based on the state– of– the– art of ESD theory and conc...
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Matthew Hiebert, Commonwealth Secretariat, London, 2013, 96 pages. ISBN (paperback) 978-1-84929-090-6; ISBN (e-book) 978-1-84859-146-2. Available at www.thecommonwealth.org/publications (in the US from Stylus Publishing LLC, VA, USA, www.commonwealthpublications-usa.com)
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As in many other countries, the transformation of the Swiss education system into one that is conducive to a sustainable society is difficult. This article attempts to clarify a framework within which such change could happen. Following an extensive review process, the author has compiled essential learning approaches, knowledge, skills, values and...
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The changing context for quality assurance and enhancement in education in the UK and elsewhere presents both an opportunity and a challenge because it offers the possibility of integrating sustainable development into all quality systems. One consequence is the alignment of a number of policy developments to provide a more coherent and integrated...
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The World Summit for Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg made it clear that political leadership the world over is incapable of rising to the challenges of sustainability. Yet, most of the hundred or so world leaders who attended have a higher education degree from some of the world's most prestigious universities. This paper tries to ad...
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A report for The Higher Education Academy November 2005 "The human assault on the terrestrial environment shows no signs of abating and some signs of spilling over into non-terrestrial environments. … Many are appalled by this destruction … because of what it implies for themselves, their children, their friends, other creatures, the biomass [globa...
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In this article I argue that it is impossible to look at educational issues before we develop a clear understanding of the dominant ideologies that currently perpetuate unsustainability. Only if we appreciate the pervasiveness and the fallacies of such concepts as "development," "growth," and "progress" within a limited biosphere can we start to se...
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This essay first tries to argue, provocatively, that the view which since the 1990s has increasingly been taken to be 'commonsensical', namely that political literature is necessarily bad literature, does not stand up to scrutiny. The second part of the essay provides a detailed analysis of two poems by Braun, 'Abschied von Kochberg' and 'Nach dem...
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Presents the results of an Internet survey of all the humanities faculties in Germany, Switzerland, The Netherlands and the UK and of a review of the international debate both on sustainability in general and education for sustainability in particular. Argues for a complex, transdisciplinary and broad approach to education for sustainability (EfS)....
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Dr Rolf Jucker is Senior Lecturer in German Studies and Sustainability at the University of Wales Swansea. Since a number of years he is working to turn his university and other UK higher education institutions into more sustainable units, with a particular focus on eco-justice education/education for sustainability. He has recently published Our C...

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I am increasingly disturbed by the lack of self-critical distance and sound scientific approaches in EE, ecojustice education and ESD. All to often we take half-truth, myths and romanticised notions about 'sustainable living' of indigenous people at face value, instead of really double-checking what we know.