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Over the coming decades, every academic discipline will have to respond to the paradigm of more sustainable life practices because students will be living in a world challenged by competition for resources and climate change, and will demand that every academic discipline demonstrate substantial and corresponding relevance.
This book takes as its point of departure that integrating a component of sustainability into a discipline-specific course arises from an educator asking a simple question: in the coming decades, as humanity faces unprecedented challenges, what can my discipline or area of research contribute toward a better understanding of these issues? The discipline need not be future-oriented: an archaeologist, for instance, could incorporate into a course some aspects of sustainable archaeological practices in areas threatened by rapid climate change, as well as examples of sustainable or unsustainable ways of living practiced by members of the long-gone society under investigation.
This book also argues that courses about sustainability need to cross disciplinary boundaries, both because of the inter-relatedness of the issues, and because students will require the ability to use interdisciplinary approaches to thrive through the multiple careers most of them will face.
The contributions to this book are presented under four sections. “Sustainability as a Core Value in Education” considers the rationale for incorporating sustainability in disciplinary courses. “Teaching Sustainability in the Academic Disciplines” presents eight examples of courses from disciplines as varied as agriculture, composition, engineering, and teacher education. “Education as a Sustainable Practice” reviews how the physical environment of the classroom and the delivery of instruction need themselves to reflect the values being taught. The final section addresses the issues of leadership and long-term institutional change needed to embed sustainable practice as a core value on campus.
|Publisher:||Stylus Publishing, LLC|
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About the Author
Kirsten Allen Bartels is Honors Faculty Fellow at Grand Valley State University
Kelly A. Parker is Professor of Philosophy, Environmental Studies, and Liberal Studies at Grand Valley State University
Table of Contents
I. Sustainability as a Core Value in Education
1. Sustainability for Everyone: Trespassing Disciplinary BoundariesDouglas Klahr
2. Sustainability as a Core Issue in Diversity and Critical Thinking EducationDanielle Lake
3. Sustainable Happiness and Education: Educating Teachers and Students in the 21st CenturyCatherine O’Brien
4. A Christian Contribution to SustainabilityChris Doran
II. Teaching Sustainability in the Academic Disciplines
5. The Hungry Text: Toward a Sustainable Literary Food PedagogyTom Hertweck and Kyle Bladow
6. The Rhetoric of Sustainability: Ecocomposition and Environmental PragmatismKimberly R. Moekle
7. Writing Banana Republics and Guano Bonanzas: Consumerism and Globalization in the Composition ClassroomGeorge E. Brooks
8. Sustainably Growing Farmers of the Future: Undergraduate Curriculum in Sustainable Agriculture at the University of KentuckyKeiko Tanaka, Mark Williams, Krista Jacobson, and Mike Mullen
9. Using a Multilevel Approach to Teach Sustainability to Undergraduate Students in Engineering and Environmental Science Stacey A. Hawkey, Valdeen Nelsen, Bruce I. Dvorak,
10. Growing Sustainability in Healthcare Management EducationCarrie R. Rich, J. Knox Singleton, and Seema Wadhwa
11. Teaching Ecotourism in the Backyard of Waikiki, Hawai‘IJohn Cusick
12. Who Will Teach the Teachers? Reorienting Teacher Education for the Values of SustainabilityPatrick Howard
III. Education as a Sustainable Practice
13. E-portfolios in a Liberal Studies Program: An Experiment in SustainabilityP. Sven Arvidson
14. The Paperless ClassroomJustin Pettibone and Kirsten Bartels
15. Communicating Sustainability: Teaching Sustainable Media PracticeAlex Lockwood, Caroline Mitchell, and Evi Karathanasopoulou
16. Roadblocks to Applied SustainabilityBart A. Bartels
IV. Leadership and Reform Strategies for Long-term Institutional Change
17. Teaching Sustainability LeadershipCourtney Quinn and Gina Matkin
18. Teaching Sustainability to Future Museum ProfessionalsSarah S. Brophy
19. Escaping the Structural Trap of Sustainability in Academia Through Global Learning EnvironmentsTamara Savelyeva
20. Making Sustainability a Core ValueChristine Drewel
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