Thesis Title

Culturally relevant Education and Skill-Based Education for Sustainability: Moving Towards an Integrated Theoretical and Methodological Framework

Graduation Date

Spring 2012

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Document Form


Degree Name

Master of Science

Program Name


Program Director

Madeliene Peters, EdD


This study considers how educators can cultivate the skills that prepare students from all cultural backgrounds for an active role in creating a sustainable global future. These skills include systems thinking skills, collaborative skills, creative and critical thinking skills, self-directed inquiry skills, and skills for active citizenship. Through review of literature and original, qualitative research, the study examined the relationship between (1) the goals of skill-based education for sustainability and (2) the goals of culturally relevant education. This led to an examination of how they combine to mutually prepare students to be agents of positive change. Based on this research the study developed a theoretical framework that combined both strands of educational theory, creating one framework titled: Culturally Relevant, Skill-based Education for Sustainability, In addition, this research investigated practical applications of this framework in the classroom in order to serve as a resource for teachers.

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