Developing ESD: what role for indicators? William Scott Centre for Research in Education and the Environment University of Bath [email protected] www.bath.ac.uk/cree. What is an indicator? a device for showing the operating condition of some system a signal for attracting attention
be measured directly
an indication of the condition or direction of a process
Talking about sustainable development is not enough… .
We must hold ourselves to account as a government,
but also as a country. All this depends on devising
new ways to assess how we are doing
Tony Blair, introduction to the UK Sustainable Development Strategy, 1999
Not everything that can be counted counts, and not
everything that counts can be counted
for economic development
Indicators are central to the monitoring and reporting of
progress towards sustainable development. They are also
powerful tools which can help focus public attention on what
sustainable development means and to give a broad overview
of whether we are achieving ‘a better quality of life for
everyone, now and for generations to come’.
UK Sustainable Development Strategy, 1999
- how does awareness relate to understanding?
- how does understanding relate to sustainable development?
awareness of sustainable development
schools judged higher than satisfactory against Ofsted
ESD good practice guidelines
number of people with qualifications linked strongly to
sustainable development / ESD
performance in surveys of understanding of sustainable
In a context that makes sense to you, generate one
indicator that you think could be used as an effective
measure of whether an ESD programme is building
our capacity to live sustainably.