Students’ Competency Development in the Context of Self-Organised and Project-Oriented Sustainability Seminars

Research at the interface between self-description and real-life action

Authored by: Mandy Singer-Brodowski

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

10.4324/9781315852249.ch28

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Abstract

Against a background of accelerating worldwide problems of sustainability and ‘planetary boundaries’ (Rockström et al. 2009), it is becoming increasingly important to identify the competencies that university graduates will need if they are to solve the ‘wicked sustainability problems’ (see Fadeeva and Mochizuki 2010). Recent years have seen the development of various ways of modelling sustainability competencies (e.g. de Haan 2006; Barth et al. 2007, de Kraker et al. 2009, Segales et al. 2009, UNECE 2012). Wiek et al. synthesised the various competency models in a reference framework focussed primarily on applying the required competencies operationally in real-life problem-solving processes in the context of sustainable development (Wiek et al. 2011).

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