Addressing sustainable development in teaching and learning is among the most urgent challenges for modern educational theory and practice. This book explores the unique contribution technology and vocational education can provide to meet these urgent needs.
Empowerment is the overarching idea used in this book. The term has a variety of meanings in different sociocultural and political contexts, including "self-strength, control, self-power, self-reliance, own choice, life of dignity in accordance with one's values, capable of fighting for one's rights, independence, own decision making, being free, awakening, and capability" (The World Bank, 2002, p. 10). However, the World Bank report observed that most definitions focus on issues of "gaining power and control over decisions and resources that determine the quality of one's life" (p. 10). This interpretation of empowerment provides a useful starting point for the development of the series of interconnected arguments explored here. Establishment of the basis for understanding, identifying and developing strategies through education necessary for individuals to be able to make choices that inf- ence the quality of their lives is the main aim of this book. There are a number of assumptions and boundaries that frame this analysis. First, the book focuses on "agents"; however, empowerment is often conceptualised in terms of relationships between agency and structure (e. g. , Alsop, Bertelsen, & H- land, 2006). Agency could be defined as "an actor's or group's ability to make purposeful choices - that is, the actor is able to envisage and purposively choose options" (p. 11).
Technology Education as an Effective Way of Providing Vocational Education Within Secondary Schooling.- Conceptualising Values in Technology Education and Formulating Bases for Empowerment Strategies.- Sustainable Development and Education.- Technology Education and ESD.- Curriculum Development for ESD Through Technology and Vocational Education.- Teachers' Capacity Building.- Modernisation of Russian Education.- Sustainable Development, the Russian Way.- Education for Sustainable Development in Russia.