SUPPORT: Partnership and Participation for a Sustainable Tomorrow

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The goal of SUPPORT was to promote and enhance the quality of education for sustainable development by linking schools, research institutions and communities in a web-based network.

Education for sustainable development (ESD) aims to help young people become lifelong learners and active and responsible citizens. To achieve this, new kinds of educational frameworks are needed, which enable pupils to understand complex issues and provide them with opportunities to acquire relevant skills, reflect critically and develop their own values and attitudes regarding sustainable development.

The goals of SUPPORT were to generate and spread knowledge about how ESD can be effectively supported through cooperation with actors in the local community. Interaction and cooperation among key stakeholders and best-practice exchange were the main themes at conferences, workshops and seminars organized by SUPPORT, as well as at the web-based school campaign “CO2nnect – CO2 on the way to school”.

Specific objectives of SUPPORT were to increase participation in science studies by making these more attractive, reduce the gender imbalance in science education and promote entrepreneurship by supporting a school culture of innovation and responsibility.

Basic information

Country: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Other

Coordinator: 2007-2009: Norwegian University of Life Sciences, www.umb.no
2009-2010: Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training, www.udir.no

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Programme: LLP

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Target groups: general public, parents, primary school students, secondary school students, teachers, trainee teachers, vocational school students

Topic: Biology, Ecology, Environmental sciences

Start year: 2007

End year: 2010

Url: http://support-edu.org/

Contact person: Contact persons after the end of the project:
Mari Ugland Andresen, Norwegian Centre for Science Education, University of Oslo, m.u.andresen (at) naturfagsenteret.no
Christine Affolter, ENSI (Environment and Schools Initiative),
secretariat (at) ensi.org

Contacts to SUPPORT partners: http://support-edu.org/partnerlist

The main outcomes of SUPPORT include:

  • better understanding of ICT-based innovations (their role and potential) in education for sustainable development (ESD)
  • development of www.co2nnect.org as part of the existing educational website www.sustain.no
  • quality criteria for use of ICT in ESD


Conclusions and learning outcomes from SUPPORT were:

  • ESD needs a multi-perspective approach. It is not parallel to other subjects or pedagogical approaches, but is an overarching concept.
  • ESD can be a catalyst which encourages actors on all levels in the education system to see the “bigger picture" and not only their isolated area of expertise.
  • The school is always responsible for the learning process and needs to ensure that methodologies and tools used correspond to the learning goals.
  • Schools also need to ensure that they function as learning organizations.
  • ESD means working on “real issues”, and schools can only achieve the complex learning goals if collaborating with actors outside the school.
  • Good tools can play a very important role by allowing schools to get acquainted with working methods, which over time will contribute to, develop and change the education systems.

To download the SUPPORT publications, please visit http://support-edu.org/Publications

During the project, SUPPORT developed new teaching materials to support education for sustainable development. They include:

- The CO2nnect website (www.co2nnect.org) which is an international school campaign aimed at promoting education for sustainable development, while focusing on the theme of transport and climate. All uploaded data is stored in a shared database, to encourage analysis and discussions about the transport systems locally and globally. The entire website is a teaching tool, and important pages for teachers are:

  • guidelines for collaboration between schools, research institutions and the local community (see the “help sheets” on the CO2nnect website http://www.co2nnect.org/help_sheets/ )
  • a teacher’s guide to how to use the website (http://www.co2nnect.org/download/Teachers_guide_Co2nnect.pdf)
  • a CO2-from-emissions-calculator where all uploaded data is stored in an international shared database which can serve as a base for discussions and analyses.
  • a shared list of “climate ideas” where schools/classes upload ideas on how to reduce the emissions in their area.

The book “Biodiversity in Education for Sustainable Development, Reflections on school-research cooperation” includes best-practice examples: http://support-edu.org/webfm_send/609

For more information about SUPPORT for teachers and schools, please visit http://support-edu.org/node/100

 

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