Context of the Multiplier event
“Education for Sustainable Consumption (ESC) aims at providing knowledge, values and skills to enable individuals and social groups to become actors of change towards more sustainable consumption behaviors” (http://drustage.unep.org).
Improving Education for Sustainable Consumption and Production in the context of professional Home Economics fields is the aim of the ERASMUS+ Project “ProfESus”, which started in October 2016.
The task for teachers, to promote a sustainable mindset, is very challenging. All related dimensions of the teaching process such as sustainable consumption, professional demands in Home Economics businesses as well as the special expertise in education for sustainable consumption including related competences, methods and tools require insights in current findings of different theories, results from former projects and current standards.
From the Newsletter, May 2018
Discovering a sustainable Mindset for Future thinking Professionals in guest-oriented Business ProfESus Expert Workshop at LAUREA, Finland Experts in Home Economics or consumer education and experts in teacher training participated in the second ProfESus Multiplier Event at LAUREA, Finland at the end of January 2018. The aim of the expert workshop was to discuss innovative approaches for teacher trainings and to get feedback from the experts on the current status of the ProfESus Project and most of all on the developed innovative blended learning teacher training. Victoria W. THORESEN, UNESCO Chair for Education about Sustainable Lifestyles and Professor of Education at Hedmark University College in Norway and Adrian HENRIQUES Middlesex University, UK gave inspiring keynote speeches. They discussed with the participating experts as well as with the project team concepts and aspects of an innovative teacher training for sustainable consumption and production in vocational trainings. One special topic was, in which way trainees, learners can be supported to discover a sustainable mindset, and in which way a sustainable mindset can be assessed? In a second phase, the discussion of the professional and sustainable competences, the concepts, structures and tools for the four modules of the innovative ProfESus blended learning teacher training gave valuable references for the project partners. During a future thinking session, the participants discussed the question, “What will innovative teaching look like in 2025 to discover a sustainable mindset?” The very exciting results and ideas of future teaching environments, networks, co-operations or communication tools were inspiring to promote new ways of teaching
Victoria W. Thorensen, UNESCO Chair for Education about Sustainable Lifestyles