Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Critical Thinking and Sustainable Development

  • Denise MinottEmail author
  • Therese Ferguson
  • Garth Minott
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_529


Critical thinking and sustainable development is an approach to meaningful dialogue for social, economic, political and environmental problem-solving and decision-making for current and future generations and the practice of engaging in analytical dialogue and problem-solving mechanisms, through active mental and emotional inquiry, for the transformation of individuals, communities and institutions.


Critical thinking skills, acquired through a process of education, can equip learners with the ability to analyze and solve problems and to make decisions. Societal problems such as crime, poverty, and pollution are sometimes the result of the decisions made at a policy level in government and business which were not subject to critical thinking aided by research and due diligence in implementation. In such instances, for problems to be solved, adequate and relevant knowledge, an open disposition, and critical thinking skills are required. The decisions born out of...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Mico University CollegeKingstonJamaica
  2. 2.School of EducationThe University of the West IndiesKingstonJamaica
  3. 3.United Theological College of the West IndiesKingstonJamaica

Section editors and affiliations

  • Judy Rogers
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Architecture and Design,Program Manager, Master of Disaster Design and DevelopmentRMIT UniversityMelbourneAustralia