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ERIC Number: EJ777326
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Pages: 9
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-1360-3108
Universities and Sustainable Development: The Necessity for Barriers to Change
Scott, William; Gough, Stephen
Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, v11 n4 p107-115 Oct 2007
Over the last thirty years, the idea of sustainable development has come to be seen in policy circles across the globe as a necessary and urgent response to a range of social and environmental issues that threaten both the integrity of the biosphere, and human wellbeing. Increasingly, education, and particularly higher education, is seen to have a key role in sustainable development. Universities need to address sustainable development issues, and this will involve institutional change of one sort or another. Such change will relate particularly to: (1) how the university presents its role through vision and mission statements; (2) how its estates and resource use are managed; (3) what (and how) it teaches its students; and (4) how that teaching is managed. That there are considerable barriers to such change goes without saying, and all such barriers tend to be viewed as negatives--as obstacles to be overcome. The authors argue in the second part of this paper that some positive barriers of one sort or another are necessary if universities, their staff and students, and sustainable development are to benefit. Before that, however, they review how the higher education sector in England has addressed the issue of sustainable development over the last fifteen years. [The following is appended: "Extracts from Declarations on Higher Education and Sustainable Development."]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)