Curriculum change in universities: Why education for sustainable development is so tough

De La Harpe, B and Thomas, I 2009, 'Curriculum change in universities: Why education for sustainable development is so tough', Journal of Education for Sustainable Development, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 75-85.


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Collection: Journal Articles

Title Curriculum change in universities: Why education for sustainable development is so tough
Author(s) De La Harpe, B
Thomas, I
Year 2009
Journal name Journal of Education for Sustainable Development
Volume number 3
Issue number 1
Start page 75
End page 85
Total pages 11
Publisher Sage
Abstract Many universities have begun to introduce curriculum innovation and change to facilitate the curricular integration of generic skills underlying education for sustainable development (ESD). However, the literature and research in the area to date show few successful examples of comprehensive large-scale curriculum change. From the literature on curriculum change in universities, we identify the conditions that have been reported to facilitate such change. We then report on two surveys that explored academic perceptions of the conditions that infl uence curriculum change, one of a sample of Australian academics and the other of a sample of international academics involved with ESD. We discuss the survey fi ndings and outline implications for those attempting to introduce ESD curriculum change at universities.
Subject Higher Education
Keyword(s) university
curriculum change
sustainable development
Copyright notice Sage publications 2009
ISSN 09734082
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