ERIC Number: EJ1084056
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 55
Undergraduates in a Sustainability Semester: Models of Social Change for Sustainability
Miller, Hannah K.
Journal of Environmental Education, v47 n1 p52-67 2016
Interdisciplinary sustainability programs are emerging globally, but little is known about the learning in these educational contexts. This qualitative case study examined undergraduates' experience in a Sustainability Semester, using the agency/structure dialectic as a theoretical lens. Before the semester, students' models of change for sustainability focused on individual actions. After two years, students' models identified systemic and structural barriers that constrained and enabled their agency as individuals. The discussion examines the "ripple effect" model of change that emerged in early interviews and considers how educators might use the agency/structure dialectic to help undergraduates move beyond individualistic models of social change.
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Undergraduate Students, Sustainability, Social Change, Models, Barriers, Qualitative Research, Case Studies, Interviews, Environmental Education, Religious Cultural Groups, Church Related Colleges, Student Attitudes, Educational Experience
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A