Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Professional Development and Sustainability

  • Aravella ZachariouEmail author
  • Chrysanthi Kadji Beltran
  • Paul Vare
  • Richard Millican
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_180


Professional development refers to education programs intended to help teachers (among others) to improve their professional knowledge, competence, skills, and effectiveness. ESD competence-based professional development can help teachers acquire ESD competences and support them to delivery ESD to the curriculum, as well as to develop and implement school ESD policy.


Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) addresses the global environmental and social challenges by providing knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes that empower learners to contribute to sustainable development. It is transformational and holistic and involves learning about different sustainable development (SD) concepts and issues through suitable and effective pedagogies and learning environments (UNESCO 2014). The importance of education’s role in achieving SD has been extensively discussed (e.g., UNECE 2011, 2013), recognized by the UN and highlighted throughout the Millennium and the...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Aravella Zachariou
    • 1
    Email author
  • Chrysanthi Kadji Beltran
    • 2
  • Paul Vare
    • 3
  • Richard Millican
    • 3
  1. 1.Cyprus Pedagogical Institute/Frederick UniversityNicosiaCyprus
  2. 2.School of EducationFrederick UniversityNicosiaCyprus
  3. 3.University of GloucestershireCheltenhamUK

Section editors and affiliations

  • Evangelos Manolas
    • 1
  1. 1.Democritus University of ThraceThraceGreece