Is there a sustainability canon? An exploration and aggregation of expert opinions

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2007

Authors

Sherren, Kate

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Springer

Abstract

This paper identifies one possible set of appropriate disciplinary content for undergraduate programs in sustainability, based on a survey instrument employed at two international sustainability events in 2005. Undertaken to supplement the focus in the sustainability education literature on generic skills and pedagogical method via case-based or broadly conceptual work, it seeks to assist curriculum developers with planning disciplinary content. Findings indicate that a sustainability canon of sorts exists. A surprising amount of agreement existed from the two different specialist groups about core concepts, notably in ecology and-less unanimously-policy, economics and ethics. Studies about society were preferred as elective content. A 10-subject core was nominated, suggesting the need for broad foundational underpinnings.

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Keywords: curriculum; education policy; educational development; environmental education; higher education; socioeconomic survey; university sector Core curriculum; Disciplinary foundations; Environmental education; Higher education; Sustainable development; Undergraduate; Universities

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The Environmentalist: the international journal for all environmental professionals

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Journal article

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DOI

10.1007/s10669-007-9046-3

Restricted until

2037-12-31