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Educating for Hope in Troubled Times

Climate Change and the Transition to a Post-Carbon Future

Paperback
July 2014
9781858565538
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  • Publisher
    Trentham Books
  • Published
    14th July 2014
  • ISBN 9781858565538
  • Language English
  • Pages 210 pp.
  • Size 6.125" x 9.5"
$44.95

This book explores three global issues - climate change, peak oil and the limits to growth. It sets out the facts about the inevitable yet still largely unknown changes, and examines the feelings and attitudes the coming changes engender. It offers teachers ways to engage with vital but too often avoided issues, and to share success stories and sources of hope for the future.

In these troubled and fast changing times yesterday is no longer an accurate guide to tomorrow. We have to understand and be able to prepare young people for a future very different from today’s world. This book is about developing new ways of being and exploring new horizons. The insight and support it provides will help make teachers more knowledgeable and better able to prepare learners for the transition to a post-carbon future.

This book is essential reading for primary and secondary teachers and for students and tutors in Initial Teacher Education. It will also be of value to headteachers, governors, educational researchers and others concerned with matching policy and practice to the demands of changing times. It will develop critical enquiry in Geography, English, Science, Citizenship Education, Personal, Social and Health Education and inspire those working in education for sustainability, sustainable schools and global education.

“We are entering a period of great transition–stormy times of uncertainty, threat and possibility, which will especially affect the lives of young people–yet guides to the future for educators and their students are woefully few. David Hicks’s new book is timely, significant, and necessarily bold–a critically important navigational guide to the learning journey we must all make to a low-carbon and very different future. It is at once a wake-up call and an inspirational ‘why, what and how’ guide to all educators striving to help young people to navigate an uncertain future.”

Professor Stephen Sterling - , Centre for Sustainable Futures, Plymouth University

“Once again, David Hicks provides the premier educational perspective on important global issues and trends. For over thirty years, whether the concern is sustainability, young people’s yearning for a positive future or the climate crisis, Professor Hicks speaks to the science and art of teaching like no other."

Professor John Flen, Executive Director - , Swinborne Leadership Institute, Melbourne

“…deserves to be read by all teachers concerned about how to help children and young people make sense of the post-carbon futures that await them.”

Professor John Morgan, School of Curriculum and Pedagogy - , University of Auckland, New Zealand

Foreword by David Orr;
Introduction: Thinking globally;

PART ONE: TROUBLED TIMES
1. Changing climate
2. Easy oil;
3. Growing limits;

PART TWO: FACING THE CHALLENGE
4. Acknowledging feelings;
5. Questioning the future;
6. Accepting transition;

PART THREE: SOURCES OF HOPE
7. The nature of hope;
8. Sharing success stories;
9. Visualizing the future.

PART FOUR: EDUCATION FOR TRANSITION
10. Post-carbon scenarios;
11. Tasks for educators;

Epilogue;
References;
Index

David Hicks

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