Citizenship, character, sustainability: Differences and commonalities in three fields of education

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An adequate response to the environmental and sustainability issues we now face cannot be limited to single perspectives, disciplines, or ways of knowing, and instead requires an interdisciplinary approach. Despite the connections between the fields of citizenship-, character- and sustainability education, they have thus far run parallel to each other, without any substantial convergence. This paper focuses on the conceptual and historical reasons for this lack of integration, exploring the tensions among them perceived by many scholars and practitioners, such as an individual vs. a social vs. a global focus, a deliberative vs. fact based pedagogic approach, and an individual vs. socio-political educational context. The paper ends by exploring different ways in which these three fields of education might be integrated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-20
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Moral Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jan 2023

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by a subaward from The Self, Virtue and Public Life project based at the University of Oklahoma with funding from the Templeton Religion Trust [TRT0169].

Publisher Copyright:
© 2023 Journal of Moral Education Ltd.

Other keywords

  • character education
  • Citizenship education
  • sustainability education


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