THE ROLE OF ECONOMICS IN EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT; THE BALTIC STATES' EXPERIENCE

Dzintra Atstaja, Rozita Susniene, Marina Jarvis

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Abstract

There are often no easy answers to economics, environmental and sustainable challenges on the
way to sustainable development. The relationship between education and sustainable development
is complex. Education, raising awareness and modifying behaviour is one of the key elements to
reduce the environmental impact of an ever-increasing population. Universities all over the world
play a major role in the development and dissemination of ideas of sustainable development. This
article identifies general trends in the implementation of education for economics and sustainable
development into higher education in Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia (hereafter the Baltic States). The
purpose of this study is to explore to what extent and by which approach institutions of higher
education in the Baltic States have been attempting to incorporate sustainability into the curricula,
and what have been the results. The article consists of a research in which the first section is
dedicated to scientific publications on sustainable development in Baltic States and Europe, the
second section analyses the cooperation between the participants of the Baltic University
programme, and the third section describes the results of a survey. The authors of the article have
questioned the objective of the course as well as discussing its economic aspects, and consider
whether an education on sustainable development includes a balance between nature, the
economy, and society. Also, the current initiatives and practices of higher education institutions were
as¬sessed. From this analysis it is possible to determine the elements of academic development
that would most likely result in a change in educational development and delivery.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-29
JournalINTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ECONOMIC SCIENCES
Volume6
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • economics
  • economy
  • education for sustainable development
  • teaching methods
  • Europe
  • Baltic States

Field of Science

  • 5.2 Economy and Business

Publication Type

  • 1.1. Scientific article indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database

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