ERIC Number: EJ1072785
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
Conceptualizing Digital Literacies and Digital Ethics for Sustainability Education
Brown, Susan A.
International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, v15 n3 p280-290 2014
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to discuss the need for integrating a focus on digital literacies and digital ethics into sustainability education, proposing a conceptualization of these for sustainability education. Design/methodology/approach: The paper draws on relevant literature in the field of sustainability education and in the field of digital literacies and digital ethics. It synthesizes perspectives in both fields to form a conceptualization of digital literacies and digital ethics for sustainability education. Findings: The paper conceptualizes "digital literacies" as a capacity to reflect on the nature of digital space in relation to sustainability challenges and "digital ethics" as a capacity to reflexively engage with digital space in ways which build rich discourses around sustainability. Critically reflective and exploratory activities in digital space are a means of developing these capacities. Originality/value: The conceptualization allows sustainability education to account for the increased role digital space plays in shaping views of sustainability challenges. It proposes a pedagogical approach to doing this.
Descriptors: Technological Literacy, Sustainability, Ethics, Environmental Education, Higher Education, Information Technology, Holistic Approach, Social Influences
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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