A peaking and tailing approach to education and curriculum renewal for sustainable development

Desha, Cheryl & Hargroves, Karlson 'Charlie' (2014) A peaking and tailing approach to education and curriculum renewal for sustainable development. Sustainability, 6(7), pp. 4181-4199.

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Abstract

Contextual factors for sustainable development such as population growth, energy, and resource availability and consumption levels, food production yield, and growth in pollution, provide numerous complex and rapidly changing education and training requirements for a variety of professions including engineering. Furthermore, these requirements may not be clearly understood or expressed by designers, governments, professional bodies or the industry. Within this context, this paper focuses on one priority area for greening the economy through sustainable development—improving energy efficiency—and discusses the complexity of capacity building needs for professionals. The paper begins by acknowledging the historical evolution of sustainability considerations, and the complexity embedded in built environment solutions. The authors propose a dual-track approach to building capacity building, with a short-term focus on improvement (i.e., making peaking challenges a priority for postgraduate education), and a long-term focus on transformational innovation (i.e., making tailing challenges a priority for undergraduate education). A case study is provided, of Australian experiences over the last decade with regard to the topic area of energy efficiency. The authors conclude with reflections on implications for the approach.

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ID Code: 73411
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: HERN, sustainable development; capacity building; engineering education; built environment; energy efficiency; curriculum renewal
DOI: 10.3390/su6074181
ISSN: 2071-1050
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Earth, Environmental & Biological Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.
Copyright Statement: This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/).
Deposited On: 07 Jul 2014 02:36
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2017 05:08

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