Sustainable learning a new paradigm in environmental education: a study to facilitate awareness among the school children in some selected schools in Nadia district, West Bengal, India

Deepanjana Khan


Environmental education has been  introduced as a comprehensive lifelong education responsive to changes in a rapidly changing world. But the ongoing environmental education including sustainable learning which has focused its importance of remedying environmental ignorance through awareness development has failed to achieve the desired objectives.  Understanding environmental paradigm and adoption of pro-environmental attitude will be a critical endeavour in this century as environmental degradation has threatened the quality of life for all global citizens. Positive changes in humanity’s treatment of the environment may not be possible until environmentally supportive paradigms replace other underlying paradigms. Though many studies have tried to focus on the significance of environmental paradigm but the paradigm shifts from instrumental learning to lifelong learning in environmental education remained unexamined. The present study tries to explore the paradigm shifts in environmental education a phenomena whereby an individual socialized with non-environmental paradigm undergoes some experience that brings transformation in his pro-environmental behavior. The study conducted among 11th grade school going children in some selected schools in Nadia district, West Bengal, India through survey reveal that a positive change has been noticed in their pro-environmental behavior related to connectedness to nature when exposed to a video film on the environmental degradation due to human activities. This is rather good indication for future strategy related to environmental education which will be the beginning of sustainable learning for developing environmentally sensitive citizenry capable to take decision against environmental degradation.


Sustainable learning, new paradigm, lifelong learning, environmental education, instrumental learning

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