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Sustainability, Human Well-Being, and the Future of Education

Editors: Cook, Justin W. (Ed.)

  • Open Access
  • Anticipates radical change in society (such as a future without work) and asks what role education, and more importantly learning, should play in that future
  • Originates from a long term strategic focus at the Finnish Innovation Fund (Sitra) on developing and working toward a new societal model organized around sustainable well-being
  • Includes recommendations for how practitioners, school and system leaders, and communities can carry the work forward
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This open access book explores the key dimensions of a future education system designed to enable individuals, schools, and communities to achieve the twin twenty-first century challenges of sustainability and human well-being. For much of the twentieth century, Western education systems prepared students to enter the workforce, contribute to society and succeed in relatively predictable contexts. Today, people are at the controls of the planet—making decisions that are dramatically reshaping social, economic, and environmental systems at a global scale. What is education’s purpose in this new reality? What and how must we learn now?  The volatility and uncertainty caused by digitalization, globalization, and climate change weave a common backdrop through each chapter. Using case studies drawn from Finland and the US, chapter authors explore various aspects of learning and education system design through the lenses of sustainability and human well-being to evaluate how our understanding and practice of education must transform. Using their scholarly research and experience as practitioners, the authors propose new approaches to preparing learners for a new frontier of the human experience fraught with risks but full of opportunity. 

About the authors

Justin W. Cook is Senior Lead for Strategy at the Finnish Innovation Fund (Sitra) in Helsinki, Finland. He supports Sitra’s societal transformation activities through research and projects aimed at catalyzing sustainability and human wellbeing in Finland and beyond. 

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)
  • Learning at the Edge of History

    Cook, Justin W.

    Pages 1-29

  • Toward Robust Foundations for Sustainable Well-Being Societies: Learning to Change by Changing How We Learn

    Glasser, Harold

    Pages 31-89

  • Sustainable Wellbeing Society—A Challenge for a Public Sector Institution

    Salminen, Jari

    Pages 91-119

  • Schools as Equitable Communities of Inquiry

    Riordan, Robert (et al.)

    Pages 121-160

  • Transforming Our Worldview Towards a Sustainable Future

    Laininen, Erkka

    Pages 161-200

Buy this book

eBook  
  • ISBN 978-3-319-78580-6
  • This book is an open access book, you can download it for free on link.springer.com
Hardcover $31.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-78579-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Sustainability, Human Well-Being, and the Future of Education
Editors
  • Justin W. Cook
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-78580-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-78580-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-78579-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 425
Number of Illustrations
44 b/w illustrations
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