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Global Learning for Sustainable Development: A Systematic Review

Version 1 : Received: 23 September 2020 / Approved: 24 September 2020 / Online: 24 September 2020 (07:59:39 CEST)

How to cite: Nordén, B.; Avery, H. Global Learning for Sustainable Development: A Systematic Review. Preprints 2020, 2020090569 Nordén, B.; Avery, H. Global Learning for Sustainable Development: A Systematic Review. Preprints 2020, 2020090569

Abstract

Despite continued efforts by educators, UN declarations and numerous international agreements, progress is still limited in handling major global challenges such as ecosystem collapse, accelerating climate change, poverty and inequity. The capacity to collaborate globally on addressing these issues remains weak. This systematic review of research on global learning for sustainable development (GLSD) aims to clarify the diverse directions research on GLSD has taken, to present the historical development of the research area, and highlight emerging research issues. The review summarises key findings of the English language literature in the period 1994-2020 identified with the search terms “global learning” and “sustainable development”, sustainability or GLSD, respectively. The review documented a gradually growing knowledge base, mostly authored by scholars located in the global North. Conclusions point to what we might achieve if we could learn from one another in new ways, moving beyond Northern-centric paradigms. It is also time to re-evaluate core assumptions that underlie education for sustainable development more generally, such as a narrow focus on formal learning institutions. The review provides a benchmark for future reviews of research on GLSD, reveals the emerging transformative structure of this transdisciplinary field, and offers reference points for further research

Subject Areas

global learning; global learning for sustainable development; South/North perspectives; sustainability; sustainable development; education for sustainable development

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