PRACTICAL APPROACHES TO TEACHING SUSTAINABILITY: KEY COMPETENCIES
CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS
A joint project of AASHE and Sustainability Curriculum Consortium (SCC)
As courses and programs in sustainability continue to expand in higher education, instructors are called on to develop and adapt new and innovative approaches to teaching that enable students to learn the knowledge, skills and habits of mind central to sustainability as a study and practice. Over the past decade, pedagogical research has actively sought to articulate the ‘competencies’ students should develop through sustainability education, but, in the classroom, methods vary. This book-length collection of examples and cases will feature various approaches to teaching sustainability topics in the classroom, field, experiential learning environment, community, or virtual space that illustrate an emerging sustainability pedagogy.
Educators may be familiar with related terminology such as ‘demonstrated capabilities,’ or ‘learning outcomes,’ to identify and assess the learning objectives that are considered a core part of student education in sustainability. The practical approach emphasized here seeks to illustrate innovative approaches to teaching that define and contextualize the learning objectives of sustainability educators. Contributions can capture sustainability education a variety of contexts such as teaching students earning a degree in sustainability, incorporating sustainability into other related programs, or teaching sustainability across the curriculum, to name a few. Topics may include, but are certainly not limited to the following:
how to educate students to be change agents
campus/community engaged learning
inclusive pedagogies meaningful to a diverse student population
teaching skills for sustainability careers
fostering critical thinking in sustainability pedagogy
how to teach systems thinking
gaining competency through traditional Indigenous knowledge
pedagogies addressing climate grief and anxiety
narratives of impact on students
We are especially seeking contributions that illustrate a core element of your course or program not captured by current discussions. Share your experiences, achievements and discoveries through illustrative short narratives (2000-3000 words) that exemplify the competencies, capabilities, or learning outcomes you have found to be central to your pedagogy, and essential for the education of our students.
Please submit an abstract and statement of interest (maximum of 500 words) by March 22nd to Rebecca Potter, Hanley Sustainability Institute, University of Dayton. email: email@example.com
The Sustainability Curriculum Consortium is incorporated in Maryland as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.
SCC is aligning its activities around three key themes:
• Pedagogy: Innovative approaches for ESD educators
• Substantive Content: Building capacity and sharing resources on both fundamental topics and emerging trends
• Leadership: Understanding the significance of leadership in the ESD context
SCC is an AASHE member organization.
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