Environmental change and sustainable development are dynamic concepts open to a wide variety of interpretations. Their inclusion in geography at key stage 3 in Curriculum 2000 presents a series of challenges for teaching and learning, particularly when linked to citizenship. The focus on education for sustainable development and citizenship, rather than on environmental change, is a growing trend in geography education. It reflects broader deliberation about the constituents of school geography, like the place of physical geography, environmental education and education for sustainable development in the curriculum (Rawling, 2000). Following the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, and as preparation for Rio + 10 in Johannesburg in 2002, efforts are being made to move schools, the curriculum, and communities towards education for sustainable development.
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|Published - 1 Jan 2001