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Education for sustainable development from the lenses of Malaysian school leaders: A preliminary study

Zainal Abidin, Mohd. Syahidan and Mokhtar, Mahani and Arsat, Mahyuddin (2023) Education for sustainable development from the lenses of Malaysian school leaders: A preliminary study. Asian Education and Development Studies, 12 (2-3). pp. 150-165. ISSN 2046-3162

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/AEDS-01-2023-0011


Purpose: The issue of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) has been on the rise in recent years, with concerns being raised by various stakeholders about its potential effects on education and the environment. However, little research has been done into school leaders' fundamental challenges in addressing ESD. Design/methodology/approach: A qualitative, single-case study was embarked on to examine the experiences of Malaysian school leaders who actively engaged ESD in their schools. The data were collected by using semi-structured interviews among four school leaders in schools involved in Johor Sustainable Education Action Plan (JSEAP). A thematic analysis was used to understand the challenges and later drive the strategy used to overcome those challenges. Findings: This preliminary study revealed that the principals perceived the ESD's four main challenges: encouraging positive thinking and passion, acquiring ESD knowledge, developing system thinking, and curriculum adaptation. Based on this study's findings, school leaders need to make concerted efforts to overcome these challenges, such as finding best practices, encompassing support systems, and exploring innovative partnerships to address ESD effectively in their schools. Research limitations/implications: This paper is limited to a case analysis of the selected schools and cannot be generalized to a larger population. Practical implications: The results of the study may be of interest to other school leaders and educators who are concerned about ESD and its role in their schools, as well as to other academics who are interested in the topic of ESD and the challenges faced by school leaders in implementing sustainable practices. Originality/value: To the authors' knowledge, this is the first study investigating ESD challenges in the Malaysian context. The novel finding helps the readers understand the recent phenomena of ESD implementation better and, at the same time, compare it to other settings.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Education for sustainable development, ESD challenges, ESD strategies, School leaders, Sustainable development
Subjects:H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
ID Code:105379
Deposited By: Widya Wahid
Deposited On:24 Apr 2024 06:44
Last Modified:24 Apr 2024 06:44

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