Good practice learning and teaching for sustainability in higher education

Sandri, O 2014, Good practice learning and teaching for sustainability in higher education, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT University.

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Title Good practice learning and teaching for sustainability in higher education
Author(s) Sandri, O
Year 2014
Abstract Over the past 30 years, sustainable development has emerged as the imperative for the 21st Century in response to global challenges such as pollution, biodiversity loss, and social inequality, to name but a few. Universities play a critical role in equipping graduates with the capabilities and knowledge to respond to issues in increasingly complex local and global systems. While the case for education for sustainability (EfS) in higher education (HE) is well researched, what constitutes quality learning and teaching (L&T) practice for sustainability needs further exploration. Through a qualitative, multiple case study inquiry of four university level courses, this dissertation explores what is unique to the learning experience and delivery of EfS in HE and what ‘good practice’ L&T in EfS should involve based on the accounts of learners and teachers in the case study courses. This research makes an original contribution to knowledge by combining existing theory of good practice EfS with empirical research using participant observation, learner surveys and focus groups, and interviews with educators to better understand what needs to be considered in course design and delivery of EfS based on lived experience of L&T in EfS. The research found that good practice is learner-centred. The empirical data validates existing theory and the findings provide insight into factors such as teacher passion, learner empowerment and reflexivity to facilitate deep, ongoing learning.

Degree Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Global, Urban and Social Studies
Keyword(s) education
learning and teaching
education for sustainability
sustainable development
higher education
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