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Taking stock of the UN decade of education for sustainable development: the policymaking process in Flanders

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In this paper, we address the implementation of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in Flanders, a sub-national entity of Belgium. Our analysis shows how the policy-making process in Flanders is inextricably intertwined with three developments in environmental and educational policy: the increasing impact of ESD policy and discourse on environmental education, the framing of social and political problems as learning problems, and ecological modernisation. These trends give shape to a post-ecologist and post-political policy regime and, thus, affect what is possible and acceptable within Flemish ESD policy. However, this case study also revealed that these developments do not completely determine ESD policy-making in Flanders. Our examination thus allowed us to understand how the actual policy translation in a particular local setting brings about powers that legitimise and maintain as well as counteract the bounds of the policy regime that emerged in the context of the UN Decade.
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environmental education centres, guiding document, non-formal education, ISSUES, DISCOURSES, PARTICIPATION, ESD, ENVIRONMENTAL-EDUCATION, DEMOCRACY, education for sustainability, environmental education

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Van Poeck, Katrien, et al. “Taking Stock of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development: The Policymaking Process in Flanders.” ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION RESEARCH, vol. 20, no. 5, 2014, pp. 695–717.
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Van Poeck, K., Vandenabeele, J., & Bruyninckx, H. (2014). Taking stock of the UN decade of education for sustainable development: the policymaking process in Flanders. ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION RESEARCH, 20(5), 695–717.
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Van Poeck, Katrien, Joke Vandenabeele, and Hans Bruyninckx. 2014. “Taking Stock of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development: The Policymaking Process in Flanders.” ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION RESEARCH 20 (5): 695–717.
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Van Poeck, Katrien, Joke Vandenabeele, and Hans Bruyninckx. 2014. “Taking Stock of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development: The Policymaking Process in Flanders.” ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION RESEARCH 20 (5): 695–717.
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Van Poeck K, Vandenabeele J, Bruyninckx H. Taking stock of the UN decade of education for sustainable development: the policymaking process in Flanders. ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION RESEARCH. 2014;20(5):695–717.
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K. Van Poeck, J. Vandenabeele, and H. Bruyninckx, “Taking stock of the UN decade of education for sustainable development: the policymaking process in Flanders,” ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION RESEARCH, vol. 20, no. 5, pp. 695–717, 2014.
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  abstract     = {In this paper, we address the implementation of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in Flanders, a sub-national entity of Belgium. Our analysis shows how the policy-making process in Flanders is inextricably intertwined with three developments in environmental and educational policy: the increasing impact of ESD policy and discourse on environmental education, the framing of social and political problems as learning problems, and ecological modernisation. These trends give shape to a post-ecologist and post-political policy regime and, thus, affect what is possible and acceptable within Flemish ESD policy. However, this case study also revealed that these developments do not completely determine ESD policy-making in Flanders. Our examination thus allowed us to understand how the actual policy translation in a particular local setting brings about powers that legitimise and maintain as well as counteract the bounds of the policy regime that emerged in the context of the UN Decade.},
  author       = {Van Poeck, Katrien and Vandenabeele, Joke and Bruyninckx, Hans},
  issn         = {1350-4622},
  journal      = {ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION RESEARCH},
  keywords     = {environmental education centres,guiding document,non-formal education,ISSUES,DISCOURSES,PARTICIPATION,ESD,ENVIRONMENTAL-EDUCATION,DEMOCRACY,education for sustainability,environmental education},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {5},
  pages        = {695--717},
  title        = {Taking stock of the UN decade of education for sustainable development: the policymaking process in Flanders},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13504622.2013.836622},
  volume       = {20},
  year         = {2014},
}

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