Higher Education for Sustainable Development in the Community and Through Partnerships

Authored by: Debra Rowe , Krista Hiser

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 highlights the importance of student learning in the context of community-based projects and partnerships, with an emphasis on real world project-based research, learning, and sustainability competency acquisition. Action research, community engaged research, and indigenous research methodologies as they are currently used in education and public health fields are suggested as frameworks to be integrated with engaged pedagogies for Higher Education for Sustainable Development (HESD). By learning through authentic, reciprocal community partnerships, students attain the interpersonal skills and proactive problem solving that 21st century employers are requesting, and that the development of sustainable systems and improved quality of life requires.

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