Uncharted waters: voyages for Education for Sustainable Development in the higher education curriculum

Ryan, Alexandra and Tilbury, Daniella (2013) Uncharted waters: voyages for Education for Sustainable Development in the higher education curriculum. Curriculum Journal. ISSN 0958-5176

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Abstract

The need to embed Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in the higher education curriculum is well recognised in international sustainable development dialogues. However, early pioneers in this area have met with substantial obstacles and now face the prospect of attempting systemic education change in a new and difficult sector climate. This article explores the potential for engagement with the higher education curriculum by bringing ESD into its quality assurance and quality enhancement system. It builds on insights gained from a national project funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England, which worked in collaboration with the UK Quality Assurance Agency and a consortium of five universities. It considers the ways that ESD has entered the UK higher education sector and the potential connectivity that exists between ESD and quality. Key findings are shared from the development projects carried out in these universities, including their identification of specific quality-led pathways for embedding ESD, the differences of perspective uncovered amongst stakeholders and challenges for institutional strategy and implementation. It concludes in reflection on the need to access deeper currents of teaching and learning to make ESD a viable education proposition, as well as the potential transfer to other parts of the education and skills sector.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: higher education; curriculum innovation; educational system; professional development; curriculum development; learning strategies; pedagogy
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Research Priority Areas: Learning and Professional Contexts
Depositing User: Alex Ryan
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2019 11:38
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2019 11:45
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/7320

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