ERIC Number: EJ1054584
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
"Radically Different Learning": Implementing Sustainability Pedagogy in a University Peer Mentor Program
Sherman, Jacob D. B.; Burns, Heather L.
Teaching in Higher Education, v20 n3 p231-243 2015
Sustainability education is a growing field within higher education that fosters personal and intellectual engagement with the interconnected tensions of pressing social, ecological, economic, and political issues. Sustainability education aims to prepare learners to become creative problem solvers and active citizens who understand the relationships between and leverage points within complex systems. However, little research has been done to identify "how" to teach sustainability effectively in ways that prepare emerging leaders to address these complex problems. This paper provides an overview of an action research study that implemented the Burns model of sustainability pedagogy to embed sustainability into a university course on peer mentoring. Results show that implementing this model in the design and teaching of the course changed emerging educators' understanding of sustainability by making it more multidimensional, and that students gained an critical theory perspective of sustainability which they applied to their own educational experiences.
Descriptors: Sustainable Development, Environmental Education, Mentors, Peer Relationship, Educational Experience, Critical Theory, Teaching Methods, Models, Action Research, Creativity, Problem Solving, Transformative Learning, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students, Mixed Methods Research, Student Surveys, Sustainability
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Oregon
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