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Education and climate change – some systemic connections

Education and climate change – some systemic connections

Ainley, Patrick (2008) Education and climate change – some systemic connections. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 29 (2). pp. 213-223. ISSN 0142-5692 (Print), 1465-3346 (Online) (doi:

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Unlike most papers on education and ecology, this one is not concerned with the content of education but its organisation as a system and hence its purpose or finality. The central contention of the paper, which takes English education and training (or ‘learning’) as a case in point, is that in a new market-state formation the pursuit of short-term goals is tied to the global free-market economy over which any attempt at democratic control has been relinquished. At a time when humanity worldwide faces increasing change in the ecology that sustains it, this is considered to be ‘ecocidally insane’ and the opposite of any sort of learning from experience to alter behaviour in the future. The re-regulated new global market is seen in conclusion as a crisis response to the end of the previous Keynesian welfare nation-state formation. As such, it is argued to be unsustainable in any sense.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: [1] Published online: 03 Mar 2008. [2] Issue published in print: March 2008. [3] British Journal of Sociology of Education, Vol. 29, No. 2, March 2008, 213–223.
Uncontrolled Keywords: climate change, education and training (learning), higher education, further education, systems analysis
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Education > Education Research Group
School of Education
School of Education > Department of Education & Community Studies
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