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ERIC Number: EJ1072760
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1467-6370
Evaluating Values-Centred Pedagogies in Education for Sustainable Development
Murray, Paul; Douglas-Dunbar, Andrew; Murray, Sheran
International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, v15 n3 p314-329 2014
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to report an attempt to quantitatively evaluate pedagogies designed to help learners clarify their personal values systems in a sustainability context. Design/methodology/approach A pre-test/post-test survey was used to assess shifts in values orientations among 113 undergraduates from the same discipline, following the completion of intensive values-based sustainability training workshops. Findings: The results indicate that small but statistically significant shifts in participant perceptions of their personal values orientations occurred, particularly in relation to values correlating with sustainability. Research limitations/implications: The survey data were collated in six separate groups, potentially introducing unforeseen variables. As value types, rather than individual values, were used as the basis of the survey, there could be variations in participant perception and understanding of the value-type labels. Practical implications: No control group was possible because the training intervention was a compulsory aspect of the participants' degree programme, and the surveys were administered by the participants' tutor, which could lead to "teacher" bias. Social implications: This research evaluates pedagogies aiming to allow individuals to clarify their values and better understand the motivational role these have in influencing "sustainable" behaviour. The research can inform the design and execution of "holistic" educational and training programmes seeking to help individuals understand their personal role in creating a more sustainable future. Originality/value: The originality of this research lies in the quantitative analysis of values-specific education for sustainable development pedagogies. Findings point to the need for further research to assess the application of the pedagogies across different disciplines.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)