Stimulating Collective Transformative Learning Experiences with an ESD Whole-School Assessment Tool



This exploratory research is a contribution to the overall movement which calls for a transformation of educational systems towards value-based and sustainable education learning paradigms. It is an attempt to offer an alternative perspective on school assessments and certification processes by connecting transformative learning and the whole-school approach in an Education for Sustainable Development context. The results of the research are based on secondary analysis of literature, surveys with students and practitioners and a focus group discussion. By deducing six key elements from the data which should be incorporated in assessment tools to stimulate transformative learning on a school level in K12 education, the study results offer ideas on what to incorporate in future school assessments. To stimulate transformative learning in educational institutions whole-school assessment tools should be based on (1) a clear learning paradigm and value framework, (2) should foster relationships and contribute to a sense of community, (3) encourage reflection and introduce a systems thinking mindset, (4) make learning a meaningful experience relevant also for the personal life outside the school, (5) foster dialogue and collaboration inside the school and across institutions, and (6) require action post-assessment.


Whole-school approachTransformative LearningSchool AssessmentsEducation for Sustainable Development (ESD)SDG 4Quality Education
  • Year: 2021
  • Volume: 4 Issue: 1
  • Page/Article: 5
  • DOI: 10.5334/glo.48
  • Published on 9 Dec 2021
  • Peer Reviewed