ERIC Number: EJ720966
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov
Reference Count: 37
Barriers and Pathways to Creating Sustainability Education Programs: Policy, Rhetoric and Reality
Environmental Education Research, v11 n5 p537-555 Nov 2005
This article outlines an action-oriented research project regarding the University of British Columbia's engagement with sustainability. In 1997, the University of British Columbia (UBC) created a sustainability policy that suggests all UBC students should be educated about sustainability. Using data from a series of in-depth interviews the author outlines a range of institutional barriers that impede the implementation of sustainability education including: the problems of disciplinarity, the competitive environment of the university, misdirected criteria for evaluating students and faculty, and multiple priority-setting by the administration. The article concludes with recommendations on how to create institutional change and sustainability education programs at the university level.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Change, Environmental Education, Sustainable Development, Action Research, Higher Education, Student Evaluation, Evaluation Criteria, Interviews, Competition, Faculty Evaluation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: Canada