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Schooling for Sustainable Development in South America

Policies, Actions and Educational Experiences

  • Maria Lucia de Amorim Soares
  • Leandro Petarnella


  • Expert authorship from several South American countries

  • Includes authoritative presentations by directors of influential recent projects

  • Balances case study details and more general national and regional discussions


Part of the Schooling for Sustainable Development book series (SSDE, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Schooling for Sustainable Development in South America

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Vânia Regina Boschetti
      Pages 19-31
    3. Fabián Araya Palacios
      Pages 33-52
    4. Ubiratan Silva Alves, Maria Beatriz Rocha Ferreira
      Pages 53-69
    5. Rosa López de D’Amico, Maritza Loreto, Orlando Mendoza
      Pages 87-102
  3. Schooling for Sustainable Development in Brazil

  4. Trends and Challenges of Educational Provision for Sustainable Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 179-179
    2. Nara Silvia Marcondes Martins, Ivo Eduardo Roman Pons, Petra Sanchez Sanchez
      Pages 181-192
    3. Eliete Jussara Nogueira
      Pages 193-204
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 231-236

About this book


This book supplies both empirical evidence and scholarly analysis that exemplify successful innovation in South America in the field of sustainability education. Examining the issues from a three-fold perspective, of national policy, regional planning and grassroots projects in schools and communities, the volume offers a comprehensive overview of the contemporary situation in Brazil, Chile, Bolivia, Argentina and Venezuela. It provides case studies as detailed illustrations of the recipe for success as well as to inform researchers and practitioners of the kinds of obstacles and challenges they might face in seeking to manifest sustainability.


A good deal of the research and scholarly studies in the field of education for sustainability and sustainable development is underpinned by ‘Western’ norms and culture. This book draws on that literature, yet also teases out features in the case studies that are particular to the region. South America itself encompasses a rich variety of natural and cultural environments—within individual nations as much as continent-wide. This diversity is a recurring theme in the book.


The volume’s three sections provide first a general survey, enriched with material from studies conducted in a number of different polities. The second section covers developments in Brazil, South America’s largest nation and one that exhibits many of the features of education for sustainability found across the continent. Part three sets out and explores future trends. As with other books in the Schooling for Sustainable Development series, this volume will add impetus to scholarly exchange as well as contributing insights on education policy and curriculum changes across South American communities that exist in an increasingly globalized world.


Argentina Bolivia Brazil Chile Climate patterns Coastal erosion Colombia Conservation of natural environment Deforestation Deserts Digital literacy Early childhood education Electronic waste Environmental future Environmental problems Fire Floods Geopolitical environmental manegement Higher Education Mountainous regions Paulo Tapajos Rainforests South America Urbanization Venezuela Virtual environments

Editors and affiliations

  • Maria Lucia de Amorim Soares
    • 1
  • Leandro Petarnella
    • 2
  1. 1.University de Sorocaba - UNISO/SPSanta Terezinha - Sorocaba-SPBrazil
  2. 2.Santa Cecilia- Sao Paulo-SPBrazil

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Schooling for Sustainable Development in South America
  • Book Subtitle Policies, Actions and Educational Experiences
  • Editors Maria Lucia de Amorim Soares
    Leandro Petarnella
  • Series Title Schooling for Sustainable Development
  • Series Abbreviated Title Schooling Sustainable Development
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-94-007-1753-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-007-3738-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-007-1754-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 236
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Educational Policy and Politics
    Sustainable Development
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