Sustainability Education: Perspectives and Practice Across Higher Education

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Paula Jones, David Selby, Stephen R. Sterling
Earthscan, 2010 - Business & Economics - 364 pages

How do we equip learners with the values, knowledge, skills, and motivation to help achieve economic, social and ecological well-being? How can universities make a major contribution towards a more sustainable future? Amid rising expectations on HE from professional associations, funders, policy makers, and undergraduates, and increasing interest amongst academics and senior management, a growing number of higher education institutions are taking the lead in embracing sustainability. This response does not only include greening the campus but also transforming curricula and teaching and learning.

This book explains why this is necessary and – crucially – how to do it. Bringing together the experience of the HEFCE funded Centre for Sustainable Futures (CSF) at the University of Plymouth and the Higher Education Academy's Education for Sustainable Development Project, the book distills out the curriculum contributions of a wide range of disciplinary areas to sustainability. The first part of the book provides background on the current status of sustainability within higher education, including chapters discussing interdisciplinarity, international perspectives and pedagogy. The second part features 13 chapter case studies from teachers and lecturers in diverse disciplines, describing what has worked, how and why - and what hasn't. Whilst the book is organised by traditional disciplines, the authors and editors emphasise transferable lessons and interdisciplinarity so that readers can learn from examples outside their own area to embed sustainability within their own curricula and teaching. Subject areas covered include: geography, environmental and Earth Sciences, nursing/health, law, dance, drama, music, engineering, media and cultural studies, art and design, theology, social work, economics, languages, education, business and built environment.


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Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 More than the Sum of their Parts? Interdisciplinarity and Sustainability
A Review of Sustainability Pedagogies and Their Potential for Use in Higher Education
Some International Trends and Developments
Ideological Struggle
A Suitable Home for ESD?
The Challenges for Nursing
Chapter 8 Sustainability Is it Legal? The Benefits and Challenges of Introducing Sustainability into the Law Curriculum
Chapter 12 Sustainability in the Theology Curriculum
Sustainability in the Social Work Curriculum
A Shifting Paradigm
The Economics of Sustainability in the Curriculum
Sustainability in Languages Linguistics and Area Studies Curricula
Chapter 17 If Sustainability Needs New Values Whose Values? Initial Teacher Training and the Transition to Sustainability
List of Contributors

Making Sense of Sustainability in HE Dance Drama and Music
Chapter 10 Engineering Our World Towards a Sustainable Future
Environmental Sustainability in Media Communications and Cultural Studies in Higher Education
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About the author (2010)

Paula Jones is a Research Assistant at the Centre for Sustainable Futures at the University of Plymouth, UK. David Selby is Foundling Director of Sustainability Frontiers, an international non-governmental organization concerned with global, sustainability and climate change education; he is also Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Education, Mount St. Vincent University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Stephen Sterling is Professor of Sustainability Education at the Centre for Sustainable Futures, University of Plymouth, and Senior Advisor to the Higher Education Academy ESD Project, UK.

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