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Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: Supporting the integration of sustainability into higher education curricula : a case study from Switzerland
Authors: Wilhelm Hamiti, Sandra
Wydler, Hans
DOI: 10.21256/zhaw-4853
Published in: Sustainability
Volume(Issue): 6
Issue: 6
Page(s): 3291
Pages to: 3300
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher / Ed. Institution: MDPI
ISSN: 2071-1050
Language: English
Subject (DDC): 338.927: Environmental economics and sustainable development
378: Higher education
Abstract: From the perspective of different stakeholders, education for sustainable development (ESD) in higher education is highly desirable. In practice, however, this may present challenges, as it involves systemic and cultural changes as well as organizational transformation. A working group at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences supported such a transformative process with the aim of fostering, linking and subsequently deepening the dimensions of sustainable development in the existing curricula. By means of an assessment tool (spider diagram) developed through a bottom-up action research procedure, the working group initiated a discussion on sustainability among university lecturers, research associates and students. Results support the hypothesis that resistance to incorporating dimensions of sustainability into the curriculum can effectively be avoided by such an approach. The effectiveness of the assessment tool increased the commitment and the willingness of lecturers to share a common goal of demonstrating the relevance of sustainability in higher education.
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): CC BY 3.0: Attribution 3.0 Unported
Departement: Life Sciences and Facility Management
Appears in collections:Publikationen Life Sciences und Facility Management

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