Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) .... Test Survey Version 1.7

This consultation on education for sustainable development (ESD) is sponsored by the PelicanWeb Journal of Sustainable Development (formerly the Journal of Solidarity, Sustainability, and Nonviolence).  UNESCO has defined eight key theme areas that should be covered in education for sustainable development:

             1. Gender equality/equity
             2. Human health promotion
             3. Environmental stewardship
             4. Rural development
             5. Cultural diversity
             6. Peace & human security
             7. Sustainable urbanization
             8. Sustainable consumption

The objective of this consultation is to gather requirements for ESD.  These requirements must be articulated as issues or problem areas that are to be considered and discussed in ESD programs.  It should be made clear that the objective of this consultation is not to arrive at practical solutions (let alone "the" solution) to any of the complex issues related to sustainable development. However, a good inventory and taxonomy of relevant issues might be useful for planning ESD programs.

Needless to say, UNESCO is not responsible for any misconceptions that the questions might contain. Same applies to the answers to be entered, collected, and analyzed. Hopefully, this exercise will lead to some useful insights and perhaps even some recommendations about education for sustainable development, but there is no presumption that such results will be useful to UNESCO or any other institution.

You have been selected either because you are a member of the Solidarity & Sustainability Google Group, or a participant in one of several fora related to sustainable development, or by another individual who has given us your name because of your expertise in sustainable development and/or related global issues such as gender discrimination, the gap between the very rich and the very poor, and the deterioration of the human habitat.

Version 1.7 has a total of 32 questions (16 required, 16 optional).   For each UNESCO theme, there are two required questions and two optional questions.  The required questions entail ranking the relevance and degree of difficulty of the theme.  The optional questions invite the participant to share the factors considered for the rankings.

The survey can be completed in less than 30 minutes unless the participant wants to spend additional time in some of the optional questions. Answering personal identification questions is optional.  If you leave them blank, all your responses will remain anonymous.  Entering your email address is also optional unless you want to get a copy of the summary analysis report.  Complete the survey and press the submit button at the end.  When you press submit, your answers are added to the survey spreadsheet.

Version 1.7 is a revision of Version 1.6 based on feedback received from Versions 0, 1, 1.5, and 1.6.  For more information, see the following:

                      PelicanWeb Journal of Sustainable Development,
                      Volume 5, Number 8, August 2009
                      http://www.pelicanweb.org/solisustv05n08page1.html

Thank you for your patience and participation.

Luis T. Gutierrez, Ph.D.
Editor, PelicanWeb Journal of Sustainable Development
http://pelicanweb.org/  ~  pelican@pelicanweb.org
This is a monthly, free subscription, open access e-journal.

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NOTES ON SURVEY FORM VERSION 1.7

Note 1: Questions marked with an asterisk are required.  Other questions are optional.
Note 2: SD = sustainable development, and ESD = education for sustainable development.
Note 3: All required questions must be answered before your answers can be submitted.
Note 4: For your answers to be recorded, you must click on "submit" at the end.
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Section 1 - Education for Gender Equality


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Section 2. Education for Human Health Promotion


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Section 3. Education for Environmental Stewardship


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Section 4. Education for Rural Development


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Section 5. Education for Cultural Diversity


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Section 6. Education for Peace and Human Security


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Section 7. Education for Sustainable Urbanization


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Section 8. Education for Sustainable Consumption


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End of the Survey. Thanks for your participation!

Make sure you click on the "Submit" button below so that your work is recorded.