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ERIC Number: ED537986
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Nov
Pages: 37
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 13
Education for Sustainability in University Curricula: Policies and Practice in Victoria
Leihy, Peodair; Salazar, Jose
Centre for the Study of Higher Education
Education for sustainability (EfS) refers to education that builds the knowledge, skills and dispositions for living sustainably. It is bringing sustainability--for some time a prominent concern within higher education--firmly within the fold of teaching and learning, a key aspect of universities' core business. Is EfS an unstoppable juggernaut in higher education? The short answer is no; it is one of a gamut of policy considerations universities that currently face. This review has made it clear, however, that EfS is a vehicle for infusing a central and progressive presence for sustainability within institutions. This report establishes a picture of the state of play of EfS in Victoria's universities, but in so doing also considers the interactive dynamics between institutions. All eight universities that were chartered in Victoria have been consulted. In addition, information was gathered from the Australian Catholic University. The report is designed both to assist government agencies in understanding the workings within the sector and to suggest to them courses of action to support EfS development, as well as to inform institutions and their members about what is happening throughout the State. From document analysis and semi-structured interviews, a picture of both patterned and more isolated instances of progress and blockages in the expansion of EfS in universities has emerged and is described here. Appended are: (1) Range of practices; and (2) University documents online. (Contains 1 figure and 5 footnotes.) [This report was prepared for Sustainability Victoria.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Melbourne Univ. (Australia). Centre for the Study of Higher Education.
Identifiers - Location: Australia