Developing a learning progression for sustainability



Elizabeth de los Santos, Sarah Stapleton, and Charles W. Anderson
Using data from interviews with middle, high, and college students, we argue that students' preparation for future learning depends on three prerequisites: (1) a basic understanding of production systems and supply chains, (2) a cost/benefit approach to analyzing particular production systems, and (3) the ability to reason at the social and environmental scales. Our data shows that most students are lacking in one or more of the prerequisites, which may impact their ability to reason about complex issues such as sustainability.