Educational advances and trends for sustainable development: A research project on educational innovation

Journal of Baltic Science Education (Impact Factor: 0.43). 01/2010; Vol. 9(4):302-314.


Within the framework of the Bologna Process, the UNESCO Chair in Environmental Education and Sustainable Development, based at the National University of Distance Education of Spain, is developing research in the field of educational innovation with the aim of incorporating in its learning model the methodological procedures resulting from recent developments in information technology. The teaching innovation projects presented in this work have been designed for students of Environmental Education and Sustainable Development as part of their Environmental Sciences and Education Courses, who were used to test the learning potential of two teaching methodologies: a) the Cmap Tools editor for the construction of concept maps, which is particularly designed to enhance understanding of the relations that make up the conceptual structure of the topics of study; and b) online collaborative learning groups, intended to promote team work and encourage participation, dialogue and divergent thought all of which are central to education for sustainability. Each pilot project generated material and resources specifically designed for this purpose and entailed a consistent assessment process.

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    • "Requieren como base las competencias instrumentales e interpersonales Figura 1. Ejes axiales de la formación de competencias en sostenibilidad En el marco de este modelo, la matriz que se ofrece en la Tabla 3 recoge dentro de cada uno de los ámbitos competenciales aquellas competencias consideradas más significativas para consolidar sociedades sostenibles. Es fruto de una dilatada experiencia en proyectos de innovación docente en los cuales se han utilizado distintas metodologías formativas en las asignaturas que imparte la Cátedra Unesco de Educación Ambiental y Desarrollo Sostenible de la UNED (Novo, Murga-Menoyo y Bautista-Cerro, 2010; Murga-Menoyo, Bautista-Cerro, y Novo, 2010; Murga, Novo, Melendro, y Bautista-Cerro, 2008; Murga-Menoyo, 2011 y 2007). "
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    • "En la entrevista realizada todos expresaron que las mediciones ambientales los hicieron tomar conciencia sobre la influencia ambiental de sus estilos de vida y sobre cada una de las prácticas productivas que realizan. (Novo et al., 2010; Grumbine, 2010) El trabajo colaborativo los ayuda a analizar el mismo problema en diferentes sitios y también señalaron la importancia de aprender diferentes formas de resolverlos. El 40% de éstos alumnos ha participado presentando proyectos en convocatorias ambientales. "
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