EDUCAÇÃO PARA O DESENVOLVIMENTO SUSTENTÁVEL NO ENSINO PRIMÁRIO - PROCURA E REALIDADE NAS ESCOLAS PRIMÁRIAS DA ESTÍRIA
Education that supports people in making their contribution to a sustainable future is a critical part of worldwide discussions. Learners should be equipped with tools to face today’s challenges and be enabled to make responsible decisions. The question of whether teaching at primary level meets this requirement is discussed in this paper. 176 pupils and seven teachers at five Styrian primary schools were surveyed based on questionnaires and guided interviews regarding their views and knowledge about sustainability-related learning contents. The data show that sustainability-related learning exists, but still there is a strong need to avoid a mere normative and one-sided approach. The paper concludes with recommendations intended to outline the general steps necessary for developing a successful Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). Adequate teacher training and the adaptation of curricular requirements at all educational levels are discussed in this context.