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Considering the importance of a systems approach to integrating ESD with campus operations

Desha, Cheryl & Hargroves, Karlson (2011) Considering the importance of a systems approach to integrating ESD with campus operations. In Proceedings of the 10th International Conference of Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability, Melbourne, Victoria, pp. 19-25.

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Abstract

Society faces an unprecedented global education challenge to equip professionals with the knowledge and skills to address emerging 21st Century challenges, spanning climate change mitigation through to adaptation measures to deal with issues such as temperature and sea level rise, and diminishing fresh water and fossil fuel reserves. This paper discusses the potential for systemic and synergistic integration of curriculum with campus operations to accelerate curriculum renewal towards ESD, drawing on the authors' experiences within engineering education. The paper begins by a providing a brief overview of the need for timely curriculum renewal towards ESD in tertiary education. The paper then highlights some examples of academic barriers that need to be overcome for integration efforts to be successful, and opportunities for promoting the benefits of such integration. The paper concludes by discussing the rational for planning green campus initiatives within a larger system of curriculum renewal considerations, including awareness raising and developing a common understanding, identifying and mapping graduate attributes, curriculum auditing, content development and strategic renewal, and bridging and outreach.

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ID Code: 49276
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: Model for Rapid Curriculum Renewal, Systems Approach, Education for Sustainable Development
ISBN: 9780646570280
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500) > Land Use and Environmental Planning (120504)
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Please consult the author(s)
Deposited On: 23 Mar 2012 09:01
Last Modified: 30 Apr 2012 08:03

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