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What is Sustainable Learning?  

"Sustainable Learning is a curriculum approach where learning outcomes are focused on the student’s ability to adapt to change – changes in the environment and changes in their own personal perspectives"(SLP)

 

The concept of Sustainable Learning is relatively new, however elements of its origins and philosophy within mainstream education are not. 

 

‘Lifelong Learning’, the teaching of learning habits for the purpose of sustaining personal development throughout the duration of a lifetime, were first integrated into education models around the world in the early 1970s (UNESCO). 

 

Holistic approaches to learning formed the foundations of curriculum designs in the late 1960s and developed worldwide from the late 1980s (IBO).  Self-regulation techniques, such a ‘inquiry- based learning’ and  ‘reflective learning’, were further developed into practice with these contemporary concepts and gave support to practical knowledge of the ‘self’ and the wider community. 

Sustainable learners are students who can demonstrate the unique ability to understand and assess their individual mindset and social learning patterns, as well as adapt quickly when met with new tasks and challenges - an ability that is difficult to develop and maintain, but essential for thriving in this demanding and ever-changing world.

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