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The Role of Geography Education in Sustainability in a Digital Age

The Role of Geography Education in Sustainability in a Digital Age
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Author(s): Inga Gryl (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany)
Copyright: 2023
Pages: 14
Source title: Digitalization, New Media, and Education for Sustainable Development
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Lars Keller (University of Innsbruck, Austria), Gerd Michelsen (Leuphana University, Germany), Martin Dür (University of Innsbruck, Austria), Syamsul Bachri (Universitas Negeri Malang, Indonesia) and Michaela Zint (University of Michigan, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-5033-5.ch003


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This paper intends to illustrate the role of geography education concerning sustainability in a digital age. In current everyday life, (non-)sustainability and digitalization are closely linked to each other, including societal issues beyond technology and ecology. For instance, digitalization may be a key to solve certain sustainability problems and is the source for challenges to sustainability at the same time. Geography education has both strong links with an education for digitalization and with an education for sustainable development. Therefore, it is an ideal learning environment to teach about the complexity of the linkages between both fields, and the necessity of thinking them together. Alongside with specific thematic examples for the classroom this chapter provides a number of didactic approaches that are a starting point to design subject-oriented classroom settings, appropriate to the complexity of the issue, and aimed at an emancipatory education for sustainable development.

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