Individual Change

Researching educational outcomes achieved by higher education for sustainable development

Authored by: Kerry Shephard

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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This chapter is intended for two categories of institution. Some will be committed to ESD and will wish to advocate for sustainability to achieve sustainability-related educational outcomes as a normative objective. They may have in place assessment or evaluation regimes to ensure that that each individual named graduate does indeed have all of the outcomes that they require. These institutions will also, it is hoped, wish to understand what their students’ personal perceptions of sustainability are in circumstances where they are anonymous and where their qualifications do not depend on how they answer the questions. The chapter is also intended for another type of institution. These do not currently educate for sustainability but may wish to explore the impact of their ‘higher education’ on the developing worldviews of their students. These institutions do not impose normative expectations on their students, with respect to sustainability, but will, nevertheless, be pleased to learn more about how their students’ worldviews are developing.

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