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11 Oct 2023

NSI 07: Education in Times of Climate Change

The seventh edition of NORRAG Special Issue (NSI), released in October 2022, is entitled “Education in Times of Climate Change.” Climate change is not a new issue for education, but new levels of consensus and concern are emerging, suggesting that new policy developments may follow. 

This NORRAG Special Issue (NSI 07) addresses the question of how education is to equip learners to participate in climate action that would fundamentally disrupt existing problematic systems. NSI 07 showcases what is currently being done to close the gap between the potential of education to contribute to more a sustainable and just world and the experiences of those in education. 

This NSI has the potential to inform pedagogical praxis, co-learning, curriculum, climate action, policy formulation, frameworks for evaluating success, resourcing decisions and what we might consider educative acts for engaging with climate change and its multi dimensional uncertainties, risks and opportunities.

NSI 07 consists of 28 articles, which give voice to young scholars, early career educationists and development practitioners, as well as internationally renowned practitioners, and academics who have devoted their careers to sustainability and educational change. The 75 authors come from 22 countries and all continents, bringing voices from the Global South and North, West and East and multidimensional vantage points that nonetheless clearly converge on the subject matter. 

NSI 07 is guest-edited by Distinguished Professor Heila Lotz-Sisitka and Professor Eureta Rosenberg, Environmental Learning Research Centre Rhodes University, South Africa. The 28 articles in the issue are divided into eight parts:

  • Part 1 draws lessons across disciplines, issues and contexts. 
  • Part 2 addresses ways in which we can expand learning and agency across boundaries from three different continents. 
  • Part 3 goes beyond formal schooling to offer lessons in building transformative learning, activism and relations. 
  • Part 4 leads the reader past western, rational, techno-scientific ways of knowing to engage diverse knowledges in climate change responses. 
  • Parts 5 and 6 challenge the reader to listen to and engage with young people and children’s views and voices in climate action. 
  • Part 7 focuses on higher education responses
  • Part 8 concludes the NSI by considering other places and spaces relevant to education for sustainable and just futures.

NSI 07 is available in English. Regional editions in Arabic, French, Chinese (simplified characters), Spanish, and Russian forthcoming in 2023.

The launch event took place on 6 October 2022 with the two co-editors of NSI 07 and authors of seven chapters. 

NORRAG Special Issue was launched in 2018 with the ambition to be an open-source periodical giving prominence to authors from a variety of countries and with diverse perspectives. In line with NORRAG’s strategy, and seeking to bridge the gap between theory and practice, each issue focuses on current debates that frame global education policy and international cooperation in education.

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