Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

How Worldview Development Influences Knowledge and Beliefs About Sustainability

  • Abigail LynamEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_22



How individuals perceive and makes meaning of sustainability, including their knowledge and beliefs, is significantly shaped by worldview and psychological development. Research in adult developmental psychology applied to sustainability education and leadership development supports knowledge and skill development for sustainability educators and change agents.


Sustainability, defined as the reciprocal flourishing of human and planetary systems, calls for change in all dimensions of society – changes in individual and collective behaviors, systems, culture, and worldviews, knowledge, and beliefs. Working toward this kind of transformative and systemic change requires collaboration and coordination at every scale of human society. To do so educators and leaders need the skills and capacities to...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Leadership Studies, Human and Organizational Development PhD ProgramFielding Graduate UniversitySanta BarbaraUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Luciana Brandli
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Passo FundoPasso FundoBrazil