The Future of Education

Edition 14

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Sustainable Development Goals in the Citizenship Education Programme. Analysis of the Chilean Curriculum.

Paula Soto Lillo, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (Chile)

Gabriela Vásquez Leyton, Universidad Andrés Bello (Chile)


Considering the current world context of climate change, the pandemic and their economic and social consequences, now more than ever as teachers, we need to educate our students about sustainability. Sustainable development goals (SDGs) proposed by the United Nations are a calling to take action for the common good of our societies to satisfy the needs of the current generations without compromising the possibilities of the future generations. This goal implies a challenge for governments but also educators. As teachers concerned about the future of our planet and society, it is essential to include these goals in our lessons, although the curriculum does not have this purpose. The Chilean curriculum since 2020 included a mandatory subject of Citizenship Education, taught by history teachers, for grades 3 and 4 of secondary education. In this work, following document content guidelines, the Citizenship Education program has been analysed to identify learning objectives that might allow developing the SDGs with secondary students. This document has sixteen learning objectives, 8 for each grade. After the analysis, we conclude that the program of Citizen Education has curricular spaces that permit history teachers to develop SDGs through the objective learnings proposed for the 3rd and 4th grades of secondary education. Considering this possibility, strategies such as problem-based learning or project-based learning, suggested by the Chilean curriculum, are an excellent opportunity to teach students and promote actions to achieve SDGs.

Keywords Sustainable development goals- curriculum- citizenship education

[1] McKernan, J. (2008) Curriculum and imagination. Process theory, pedagogy and action research. London and New York: Taylor & Francis.

[2] Ministerio de Educación, Chile. Educación Ciudadana.

[3] United Nations Development Programme. Sustainable Development Goals.



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