The Handbook

a tool to design training courses

Francesca Romana Mastrandrea e Fabrizio Santini

The challenges that Humanity as a whole is facing pose complex and interrelated objectives for the achievement of which the EU attributes to the knowledge society a driving role.

In the Italian Education System a strong methodological competences requirement for designing and delivering training courses on Sustainable Development is emerging, in response to recent Ministry guidelines and in line with the guidelines set at European and international level.

A growing demand for competences for a sustainable approach to development is also coming from the world of business, of public administration and of work: instances of Green Economy on one hand and of development policies on the other, involve all economic and governance levels.
Some studies by CEDeFoP, the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, highlight very well how such demand is emerging all across Europe, in the economic world and in the labour market.

Basic training on these issues therefore meets an essential requirement to enable those who are currently the levers of development to be able to confront and fit properly in this radical paradigm shift.

The present manual, was developed within the European project New Jobs through Education for Sustainable Development Competencies (NJ ESD COM).

The objective of the project NJ ESD COM was to develop, test and validate a proposal for the construction of a training action, aimed at developing competences for designing and delivering training courses on Sustainable Development for target groups belonging to the three systems which can represent the levers of change: Education and Training, Companies and Public Administration systems.
Purpose of the project was the dissemination of a basic culture on this topic: for this reason the training action has been designed to be addressed to all teachers and trainers.

The present manual is published in a printed and in a digital version. This choice was supported by the intention to offer a real time usage of hyperlinks to documents and websites mentioned in the manual.
In the digital version numerous projections of slides are also included, ready to use for trainers.



Part I: Background and conditions of traning and education for sustainable development

chapter 1. The educational challenge in the complex society
1.1. Educating for sustainability in the complex society
1.1.1 The risk society and the theory of reflexive modernisation
1.1.2 Cultural theory as an interpretation framework for sustainability issues
1.1.3 Reflexive modernisation and sub-politics
1.1.4 Educational challenges in the complex society

1.2 The role of Education
1.2.1 What Education to orient oneself in the risk society ?
1.2.2 Education for sustainable development: a new “adjectival” education or a
regulative idea ?

Chapter 2. Competences in Education for Sustainable Development

2.1 The concept of competence
2.2 Reflecting on the concept of competence
2.3 Competences in Education for Sustainable Development
2.4 Competences for teachers and trainers
2.5 The CSCT model (Curriculum Sustainable development Competencies Teacher training)
2.5.1 Blu trangle: Professional Dimensions
2.5.2 Red triangle: General competencies for Sustainable Development Education
2.5.3 How to read the model
2.5.4 The five domains of competencies in the CSCT model
2.6 The competences in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) system in Regione Toscana

PART II: The training action
Part IIa: The characteristics of the training action
Chapter. 3. The characteristics of the training action

3.1 Aims
3.2 Competences and goals
3.3 Target Groups
3.4 Context and content
3.5 Teaching and learning methodology
3.6 The training tools
3.7 Evaluation
3.8 The training action framework
3.9 Learning materials

Part IIb: The contents, a common language

Chapter 4. Sustainable Development

4.1 What is Sustainable Development about ?
4.2 History of Sustainable Development
4.3 Main SD national and international documents
4.4 Features of the sustainability challenges

Chapters 5. The Dimensions of Sustainable Development

5.1 From Pillars to Dimensions of sustainability
5.2 Environmental aspects
5.2.1 The limit of Resources
5.2.2 The reduction of Biodiversity
5.2.3 The climate change
5.3 Economical aspects
5.3.1 The Green economy
5.3.2 Beyond GDP…
5.3.3 Green Jobs: labour and employment issues
5.4 Social aspects
5.5 Cultural aspects


Chapter 6: Teaching and learning methodology

6.1 Teaching competences
6.2 Teaching methodologies
6.2.1 Active learning
6.2.2 Cooperative learning
6.2.3 Learning through… Critical thinking Creative thinking Decision making Problem solving

Chapter 7 The training tools

7.1 The training tools
7.2 The square of sustainability
7.3 The triple Helix model
7.4 Using the training tools

Chap. 8 Validation and Evaluation

8.1 Validation and Evaluation: reference concepts
8.2 Competences evaluation in the training action
8.3 The evaluation tools

Chap. 9 The training action framework

9.1 Framework description
9.2 Delivering and scheduling modes


A) Best practices
A.1 Case studies
A.1.1 Education and training
A.1.2 Companies
A.1.3 Public Authorities

A.2 Data Base
A.2.1 DB Education and training
A.2.2 DB Companies
A.2.3 DB Public Authorities

B) Papers and slides presentations linked in the digital version

C) Web Sites selection

D) Films and documentaries selection

Bibliography and references

Bibliography and References