Education and the Common Good

  • Heila Lotz-SisitkaEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Education and the Environment book series (PSEE)


The chapter responds to a recent invitation by the UNESCO to respond to the contents of their book on the purpose of education, entitled Rethinking Education: Towards a Global Common Good? I explore the concept of the common good (as it relates to concepts of commons and commoning activity) and what it might mean to engage with commoning as an educational activity, if the commons, as argued by Amin and Howell, is to be “released” from historical descriptions of commons and commoning activity, to embrace a futures orientation. Drawing on critical realism and decolonization theory, as well as experience of working with expansive social learning, I propose that an educational theory grounded in a concept of emergence is needed in such a context.


Education Transformation Transformative learning Social learning Humanizing Commons Commoning Common good Emergence 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Environmental Learning Research CentreRhodes UniversityGrahamstownSouth Africa

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