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Education for Sustainable Development and Meaningfulness: Evidence from the Questionnaire of Eudaimonic Well-Being from German Students

  • Education for Sustainable Development (ESD, SDG 4) and human well-being (SDG 3) are among the central subjects of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In this article, based on the Questionnaire for Eudaimonic Well-Being (QEWB), we investigate to what extent (a) there is a connection between EWB and practical commitment to the SDGs and whether (b) there is a deficit in EWB among young people in general. We also want to use the article to draw attention to the need for further research on the links between human well-being and commitment for sustainable development. A total of 114 students between the ages of 18 and 34, who are either engaged in (extra)curricular activities of sustainable development (28 students) or not (86 students), completed the QEWB. The students were interviewed twice: once regarding their current and their aspired EWB. Our results show that students who are actively engaged in activities for sustainable development report a higher EWB than non-active students. Furthermore, we show that students generally report deficits in EWB and wish for an improvement in their well-being. This especially applies to aspects of EWB related to self-discovery and the sense of meaning in life. Our study suggests that a practice-oriented ESD in particular can have a positive effect on the quality of life of young students and can support them in working on deficits in EWB.

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Document Type:Article
Author:Johannes Klement, Wiltrud Terlau
Parent Title (English):International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Article Number:6755
Number of pages:11
Place of publication:Basel
Publishing Institution:Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg
Date of first publication:2022/05/31
Copyright:© 2022 by the authors.
Funding:The research for this article was funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF) within the project “Campus to World”, which is supported by the federal-state initiative “Innovative Hochschule” under grant agreement No. FZK 03/HS092A.
Keyword:SDG 3; SDG 4; Well-being; education for sustainable development; eudaimonic well-being; sustainable development goals
Departments, institutes and facilities:Fachbereich Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Internationales Zentrum für Nachhaltige Entwicklung (IZNE)
Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC):3 Sozialwissenschaften / 30 Sozialwissenschaften, Soziologie / 304 Das Sozialverhalten beeinflussende Faktoren
6 Technik, Medizin, angewandte Wissenschaften / 61 Medizin und Gesundheit / 613 Persönliche Gesundheit und Sicherheit
Entry in this database:2022/06/21
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY - Namensnennung 4.0 International