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ERIC Number: EJ1108130
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1691-4147
The Dispositions, Abilities and Behaviours (DAB) Framework for Profiling Learners' Sustainability Competencies in Higher Education
Besong, Frida; Holland, Charlotte
Journal of Teacher Education for Sustainability, v17 n1 p5-22 2015
The concepts of sustainability and sustainability competence are controversial, complex, difficult to define and measure, and have varied meanings for different people and practices. Given the complex nature of sustainability, there is limited availability of paradigmatic frameworks to guide educators in assessing sustainability competencies. This paper introduces the Dispositions, Abilities and Behaviours (DAB) framework, which influenced the design of an intervention in 2013-2014 that profiled sustainability competencies among final year undergraduate students in a higher education institution. The results of the mixed methods study indicate that the DAB framework has good potential as a guide to educators or researchers in understanding and profiling sustainability-related abilities, attitudes and actions (areas of performance) of cohorts of students within higher education settings.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ireland
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