Higher Education and the Challenge of Sustainability: Problematics, Promise, and Practice / Edition 1

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Sustainability challenges universities around the world to rethink their missions and to re-structure their courses, research programs, and life on campus. Graduates are increasingly exposed to notions of sustainability, which are emotionally, politically, ethically, and scientifically charged. They must be able to deal with conflicting norms and values, uncertain outcomes and futures, and a changing knowledge base. At the same time they will need to be able to contextualize knowledge in an increasingly globalized society. This book provides a variety of valuable theoretical and practical resources for students, teachers, researchers, and administrators who seek to integrate sustainability in higher education. Sustainability is not only explored as both an outcome and a process of learning, but as a catalyst for educational change and institutional innovation. The book raises the various problematics related to this inchoate field and provides an intellectual history and critical assessment of the prospects for institutionalizing sustainability in higher education.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This collection, by leading practitioners, critics, and researchers, is a valuable educational tool. It has the potential to advance significantly the movement towards education for sustainability."
(Hans van Ginkel, President, International Association of Universities and Rector of the United Nations University, Tokyo, Japan)
"This is a valuable book; it makes a significant and unique contribution to the burgeoning field of sustainable development. It is a fresh breeze with its stories of real academics working to make a difference in their courses, faculties, and universities."
(Dr. Karen Malone, Associate Professor, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and Australian Director of UNESCO's Growing Up in Cities Project)
"Issues of sustainability pose a Copernican level challenge to educators and educational institutions everywhere. Professors Corcoran and Wals have assembled an exemplary group of scholars and change agents to survey the field and the results are both useful and exciting. Strongly recommended for educators, administrators, and all interested in the transition to a world better than that in prospect."
(David W. Orr, Professor and Chair of the Environmental Studies, Oberlin College, USA)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402021343
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 3/31/2004
  • Edition description: 2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 355
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword by Richard M. Clugston Preface Acknowledgements

Part One: Problematics
1 The Problematics of Sustainability in Higher Education: An Introduction; Peter Blaze Corcoran and Arjen E.J. Wals
2. The Evolution of Sustainability Declarations in Higher Education; Tarah Wright
3. Sustainability as Emergence: The Need for Engaged Discourse; Richard Bawden
4 Critical Realism: A Philosophical Framework for Higher Education for Sustainability; John Huckle
5. Higher Education, Sustainability, and the Role of Systemic Learning; Stephen Sterling
6. Assessing Sustainability: Criteria, Tools, and Implications; Michael Shriberg
7. The Problematics of Sustainability in Higher Education: A Synthesis; Peter Blaze Corcoran and Arjen E.J. Wals

Part Two: Promise
8. The Promise of Sustainability in Higher Education: An Introduction; Arjen E.J. Wals and Peter Blaze Corcoran
9. Environmental Education for Sustainability: A Force for Change in Higher Education; Daniella Tilbury
10. The Contribution of Environmental Justice to Sustainability in Higher Education; Julian Agyeman and Craig Crouch
11. Learning Our Way to a Sustainable and Desirable World: Ideas Inspired by Arne Naess and Deep Ecology; Harold Glasser
12. The Contribution of Ecofeminist Perspectives to Sustainability in Higher Education; Annette Gough
13. Sustainability and Transformative Educational Vision; Edmund O’Sullivan
14. Teaching Interactive Approaches to Natural Resource Management: A Key Ingredient in the Development of Sustainability in Higher Education; Niels Röling
15. Living Sustainably through Higher Education: A Whole Systems Design Approach to Organizational Change; James Pittman
16. Disciplinary Explorations of Sustainable Development in Higher Education; Geertje Appel, Irene Dankelman and Kirsten Kuipers
17. The Promise of Sustainability in Higher Education: A Synthesis; Arjen E.J. Wals and Peter Blaze Corcoran

Part Three: Practice
18. The Practice of Sustainability in Higher Education: An Introduction; Kim Walker, Arjen E.J. Wals and Peter Blaze Corcoran
19. Education and Sustainable Development in United Kingdom Universities: A Critical Exploration; William Scott and Stephen Gough
20. Lighting Many Fires: South Carolina’s Sustainable Universities Initiative; Wynn Calder and Rick Clugston
21. Integrating Education for the Environment and Sustainability into Higher Education at Middlebury College; Nan Jenks-Jay
22. Sustainability in Higher Education through Distance Learning: The Master of Arts in Environmental Education at Nottingham Treat University; Malcolm Plant
23. A Pedagogy of Place: The Environmental Technology Center at Sonoma State University; Rocky Rohwedder
24. Policy Development for Sustainability in Higher Education: The Auditing Instrument for Sustainability in Higher Education; Niko Roorda
25. Curriculum Deliberation amongst Adult Learners in South African Community Contexts at Rhodes University; Heila Lotz-Sisitka
26. Incorporating Sustainability in the Education of Natural Resource Managers Curriculum Innovation at the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University of Denmark; Susanne Leth and Nadarajah Sriskandarajah
27. The Practice of Sustainability in Higher Education: A Synthesis; Arjen E.J. Wals, Kim Walker and Peter Blaze Corcoran Resource Links — Rogier van Mansvelt Afterword — Hans van Ginkel Abut the Editors

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