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Type: Book chapter
Title: Fostering rapid transitions to education for sustainable development through a whole-system approach to curriculum and organizational change
Author: Desha, C.
Hargroves, K.
Citation: Sustainable Development at Universities: New Horizons, 2012 / Leal Filho, W. (ed./s), Ch.2, pp.29-46
Publisher: Peter Lang
Publisher Place: Frankfurt
Issue Date: 2012
Series/Report no.: Environmental Education, Communication and Sustainability; 34
ISBN: 363162560X
Editor: Leal Filho, W.
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Cheryl J. Desha and Karlson ‘Charlie’ Hargroves
Abstract: Despite decades of attempts to embed sustainability within higher education, literature clearly suggests that highly regulated disciplines such as engineering have been relatively slow to incorporate sustainability knowledge and skill areas, and are generally poorly prepared to do so. With current efforts, it is plausible that sustainability could take another two decades to be embedded within the curriculum. Within this context, this paper presents a whole system approach to implement systematic, intentional and timely curriculum renewal that is responsive to emerging challenges and opportunities, encompassing curriculum and organizational change. The paper begins by considering the evolution of curriculum renewal processes, documenting a number of whole system considerations that have been empirically distilled from literature, case studies, pilot trials, and a series of workshops with built environment educators from around the world over the last decade. The paper outlines a whole-of-institution curriculum renewal approach to embedding sustainability knowledge and skills within the DNA of the institutional offerings. The paper concludes with a discussion of research and practice implications for the field of education research, within and beyond higher education.
Rights: © Peter Lang GmbH Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften
DOI: 10.3726/978-3-653-02283-4
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