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ERIC Number: EJ808626
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1467-6370
Capacity Building: A Course on Sustainable Development to Educate the Educators
Lozano-Garcia, Francisco J.; Gandara, Guillermo; Perrni, Orietta; Manzano, Mario; Hernandez, Dora Elia; Huisingh, Donald
International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, v9 n3 p257-281 2008
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to present information about a team-teaching course on sustainable development (SD) for educators in an institution of higher education, Monterrey Campus of ITESM in Mexico. Design/methodology/approach - Four faculty members were invited to work together with the Sustainable Campus Programme coordinator in the process of developing the "Educate-the-Educator's" SD course. The course was structured using lectures, readings, class role play activities, homework, and general discussion. Additionally, a workshop-format was woven throughout the course; its function was to help the educators incorporate SD issues within their own courses. Finding: It was found that a multi-disciplinarily developed and delivered course is an effective vehicle for educating educators on SD. Documentation of some facets of the learning process further helped the "students" and the course leaders to better understand the whole learning process. Originality/value: The paper's value rests on the interconnected structure, showing resonance with the triple bottom line, as well as many other dimensions linked with sustainable development. This structure increased the course participants' comprehension of sustainability. Furthermore, the use of concept maps and digraph theory to evaluate "faculty participants" comprehension of the interconnections and dimensions of SD proved to be a successful innovation. (Contains 2 notes, 4 tables, and 11 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Mexico