Implementing Sustainability in Higher Education
Learning in an Age of Transformation
Routledge – 2015 – 224 pages
As the transformation towards sustainability is a societal learning process, education in general and higher education in particular have become the place in which future key agents of change are educated. This book asks how we can equip students and scholars with the capabilities to contribute to a more sustainable future, and the higher education curriculum can be changed in a way to facilitate the paradigm shift needed.
Across the globe, a rising number of higher education institutions and academics are responding to these questions by transforming their own teaching and learning and their institutions’ curricula. This book contributes to that development by offering a systematic review of existing case studies, reports of innovative approaches, and curriculum changes. It elaborates not only key principles of higher education for sustainable development and drivers and barriers to implementing sustainability in the curriculum, it also provides evidence-based insights in what works and what doesn’t – and, most important, why.
This much needed book is a valuable resource to inform, guide and inspire students, academics, administrators and community partners, whether experienced or new to the field, whether already committed or not to higher education for sustainable development in an age of transformation.
Part 1: The Need for Change 1. Living in a Time of Transformation: the Challenge of Sustainability 2. Developments in Higher Education 3. From Policy to Action: the Maturation of Education for Sustainable Development 4. Connecting the Dots: Higher Education for Sustainable Development as a Driver of Innovation Part 2: Learning for Change 5. Beyond Knowledge Transfer: Insights from Learning Science 6. What Are We Striving For? Learning Objectives and Educational Goals 7. What's Hot and what's Not? Topics in Higher Education for Sustainable Development 8. Facilitating Competence Development: from Teaching to Learning 9. Learning to What End? Assessing and Evaluating Learning Outcomes Part 3: Learning to Change 10. Changing the Organisation from Within: ‘Next’ Practices of Higher Education for Sustainable Development 11. Curriculum Change and Education for Sustainable Development: Implementation Strategies 12. Drivers and Barriers of Curriculum Change Part 4: Beyond Change 13. Toward a Learning System Approach 14. Educational Contributions to Sustainability Science 15. Conclusion
Dr Matthias Barth is a Senior Research Fellow at School of Global Studies, Social Science and Planning RMIT, Australia.