Higher Education and Sustainable Development
A model for curriculum renewal
Routledge – 2014 – 268 pages
Responding to the global and unprecedented challenge of capacity building for twenty-first century life, this book is a practical guide for tertiary education institutions to quickly and effectively renew the curriculum towards education for sustainable development.
The book begins by exploring why curriculum change has been so slow. It then describes a model for rapid curriculum renewal, highlighting the important roles of setting timeframes, formal and informal leadership, and key components and action strategies. The second part of the book provides detailed coverage of six core elements that have been trialled and peer reviewed by institutions around the world:
With input from more than seventy academics and grounded in engineering education experiences, this book will provide academic staff with tools and insights to rapidly align program offerings with the needs of present and future generations of students.
Forewords: Mr. Barry Grear, Professor Goolam Mohamedbhai, Dr Tony Marjoram, Professor Stephen Sterling and Professor Walter Leal-Filho. Preface: The Natural Edge Project Introductios by Emeritus Professor Robin W. King and Dr Debra Rowe. Part 1: Developing a Systemic Approach to Timely Curriculum Renewal 1. Rationale for Curriculum Renewal to Education for Sustainable Development 2. Addressing the Time Lag Dilemma in Curriculum Renewal Towards EESD 3. A Consideration of Curriculum Theory and the Time Dimension 4. Model for Rapid Curriculum Renewal Part 2: Implementing Rapid Curriculum Renewal 5. Designing a Rapid Curriculum Renewal Strategy 6. Awareness Raising and Developing a Common Understanding (Element 1) 7. Graduate Attributes: Identifying and Mapping (Element 2) 8. Curriculum Auditing (Element 3) 9. Niche Degrees, Flagship or Integration? (Element 4) 10. Bridging and Outreach (Element 5) 11. Campus Integration: Walking the Talk (Element 6) Endnotes & References
Cheryl Desha has a degree in Engineering (Environmental, first class) and a PhD in rapid curriculum renewal. Her research focuses on building capacity for sustainable development within tertiary education. She is a Senior Lecturer in the Science and Engineering Faculty, QUT, and a Principal Researcher with The Natural Edge Project (TNEP).
Karlson 'Charlie' Hargroves has a degree in Engineering (Civil/Structural) and is undertaking a PhD in carbon structural adjustment. His research focuses on opportunities for transformational change towards sustainable development. He is a Senior Research Fellow in the Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute and a Principal Researcher with The Natural Edge Project (TNEP).Cheryl and Charlie are members of The Natural Edge Project, a sustainability think-tank which operates as a collaborative partnership for research, education and policy development on innovation for sustainable development. TNEP's mission is to contribute to and succinctly communicate leading research, case studies, tools, policy and strategies for achieving sustainable development across government, business and civil society. Working with the TNEP team, Cheryl and Charlie have co-authored four books on sustainable development, published in four languages.