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ERIC Number: EJ1155215
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Sep-4
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1467-6370
A Collaborative Action Research Project towards Embedding ESD within the Higher Education Curriculum
Cebrián, Gisela
International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, v18 n6 p857-876 2017
Purpose: This paper aims to present a collaborative action research project conducted at the University of Southampton with the aim to promote curriculum and professional development in education for sustainable development (ESD) and learn from everyday practices of academics. Design/methodology/approach: An action research approach guided by participatory and emancipatory approaches was used. An interdisciplinary group of five academic staff members from different subject areas (education; archaeology; electronics and computer sciences; biology; and health sciences) was created with the aim to support the group's critical reflection and action towards embedding ESD in their teaching practice. Findings: The main outcomes of delivery of sustainability teaching achieved through the project and evidences of the impact of the facilitator role are outlined. The facilitator role has enabled reflection and action, together with the identification of specific needs of academics and the factors influencing their engagement and action. Originality/value: This research demonstrates the potential of using action research to rethink current practice in embedding ESD and to lead to new practices and actions of communities of practice. The facilitator role and second-order action research can contribute to better decision-making of sustainability as it questions practice, current assumptions and worldviews.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)
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