Changing from Within

An Action Research perspective for bringing about sustainability curriculum change in higher education

Authored by: Fiona Wahr , Barbara de la Harpe

Routledge Handbook of Higher Education for Sustainable Development

Print publication date:  October  2015
Online publication date:  October  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415727303
eBook ISBN: 9781315852249
Adobe ISBN: 9781317918110


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Curriculum change for sustainability has been slow to happen in university contexts with few accounts of wholesale reformation or transformation reported (Holdsworth et al. 2006; Wals 2014). As Wals (2014: 11) points out ‘despite the early signs of a transition in some parts of the academic community, sustainability by and large is still largely external to the student, academic faculty member and administrator within higher education’. Ferrer-Balas et al. (2008: 298) conclude that ‘while there are undoubtedly some universities that are already on their way to embodying some of these ideals [of a sustainable institution], achieving change at the majority of universities around the world will require tremendous effort’.

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