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ERIC Number: EJ872344
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-0146-3934
Teaching for Sustainable Development in Higher Education Institutions: University of Jordan as a Case Study
Abu-Hola, Imfadi R. M.; Tareef, Atif Bin
College Student Journal, v43 n4 p1287-1305 Dec 2009
In Jordan, a rapid movement of educational reform is taking place nowadays. Curricula development, teacher education, using information and communication technology (ICT), improving teaching and learning strategies and integrating different subjects are among the main objectives of this reform. One of the main challenges in Jordan in order to cope with global and international changes is how to integrate different sustainability ideas and principles within different educational activities. This is because more than 35% of Jordanian population is students and they have direct effect in any change. This article aims at answering the following four questions: (1) What does Education for sustainable development mean for university staff?; (2) Do university staffs consider sustainability issues in their teaching activities?; (3) According to the staff's point of view, what are the main obstacles facing teaching for sustainability?; and (4) What are the main suggestions towards sustainable development university curricula? Open interviews were done to collect data for this study. Results showed that the Education for sustainable development concept was not clear among most of the staffs interviewed. Most of the staffs did not consider different sustainability issues in their teaching unless these issues came by the way. Finally, shortage of training towards gaining skills in teaching for sustainability was the main obstacle. Directing new staffs training programs towards sustainability was the main suggestion for this study.
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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: Jordan