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Addressing the time lag dilemma in curriculum renewal towards engineering education for sustainable development

Desha, Cheryl; Hargroves, Karlson; Smith, Michael

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to present the case for engineering departments to undertake rapid curriculum renewal (RCR) towards engineering education for sustainable development (EESD), to minimise the department's risk exposure to rapidly shifting industry requirements, government regulations and program accreditation. This paper then outlines a number of elements of RCR. Design/methodology/approach: This paper begins by proposing that Higher Education Institutions face a "time lag...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorDesha, Cheryl
dc.contributor.authorHargroves, Karlson
dc.contributor.authorSmith, Michael
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-10T22:44:01Z
dc.identifier.issn1467-6370
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/58415
dc.description.abstractPurpose: The purpose of this paper is to present the case for engineering departments to undertake rapid curriculum renewal (RCR) towards engineering education for sustainable development (EESD), to minimise the department's risk exposure to rapidly shifting industry requirements, government regulations and program accreditation. This paper then outlines a number of elements of RCR. Design/methodology/approach: This paper begins by proposing that Higher Education Institutions face a "time lag dilemma", whereby the usual or "standard" curriculum renewal approach to embed new knowledge and skills within the curriculum may take too long, lagging behind industry, regulatory, and accreditation shifts. This paper then outlines a proposed RCR approach. This paper presents a number of preliminary "elements of RCR" formulated from a literature review of numerous existing but largely ad hoc examples of curriculum renewal within engineering and other discipline areas, together with the authors' experience in trialling the elements. Findings: This paper concludes that a strategically implemented process of curriculum renewal to EESD can help a department address its risk exposure to likely and impending shifts in industry, regulations and accreditation. A number of examples of implementing "elements of RCR" are emerging and this literature can inform a strategic approach to curriculum renewal. Practical implications: The aim of this paper is to highlight the potential risks and opportunities for engineering departments as they consider "how far" and "how fast" to proceed with curriculum renewal for EESD, along with providing an overview of a range of options for implementation. Originality/value: This paper fulfils an identified information/resources need.
dc.publisherEmerald Group Publishing Ltd
dc.sourceInternational Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education
dc.subjectKeywords: Curriculum development; Education; Sustainable development
dc.titleAddressing the time lag dilemma in curriculum renewal towards engineering education for sustainable development
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume10
dc.date.issued2009
local.identifier.absfor120404 - Engineering Systems Design
local.identifier.ariespublicationU4279067xPUB441
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationDesha, Cheryl, The Natural Edge Project
local.contributor.affiliationHargroves, Karlson, The Natural Edge Project
local.contributor.affiliationSmith, Michael, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue2
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage184
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage199
local.identifier.doi10.1108/14676370910949356
dc.date.updated2016-02-24T10:51:13Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-69649085558
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