Workshop: Higher Education for Sustainable Development Part 1
- Monday, April 23, 2018 from 11:30am to 1:00pm
- Jabs Hall, 103 - view map
This workshop (part 1 of 2) explores Higher Education for Sustainable Development (HESD) from a research perspective and attempts to distinguish progress based on research outcomes, from that based on concerns, commitments, intended outcomes and prizes. The workshop's goal is to encourage university teachers to consider the educational nature of the HESD enterprise, to research student outcomes and to envisage alternative ways forward. The workshop starts by exploring the considerable achievements of current HESD, described as Plan A, but postulates the presence of some fundamental misunderstandings that may limit its progress in our current higher education systems. An alternative, or contingency, Plan B, is described that has at its core the aim of enlisting the goodwill of everyone in higher education to do what they want to do, well, rather than to do what they may not want to do. Plan B needs university teachers to support their students towards critical and independent thinking and for higher education institutions to research their progress towards any change in student outcome that they have in mind. This workshop is designed to be of interest to students, teachers and researchers in higher education, and to those who support them.
- Montana Engineering Education Research Center (MEERC)