Green roots and grass shoots: building ESD capacity at a UK university

Scoffham, S. (2016) Green roots and grass shoots: building ESD capacity at a UK university. In: Davim, J. P. and Leal Filho, W., eds. Challenges in Higher Education for Sustainability. Switzerland: Springer. pp. 283-297 ISBN 9783319237046

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Finding ways to bring sustainability into the curriculum in meaningful ways is a challenge faced by universities worldwide. This chapter explores how one UK university is responding by developing a futures perspective which can be applied both within and across disciplines. A variety of small scale projects have been initiated across the university including course innovation, one-off conferences, community engagement and international links. This approach is underpinned by clearly articulated principles and links directly to the university’s strategic objectives. It is argued that building relationships has a key role in promoting long term institutional change and that staff development is crucial in initiating change. Deeper analysis using ideas drawn from social learning theory suggest that structures need to be able to embrace multiple perspectives and be organically responsive. This chapter will be of particular interest to those who are interested in understanding processes which have the potential to embed sustainability thinking on a lasting level, rather than simply meeting short term targets and outcomes.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LC Special aspects of education
Divisions: Faculty of Education
Depositing User: Stephen Scoffham
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2016 17:00
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2016 17:00

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