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Teaching the “how” of transformation

  • Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Central Office (NJ)
  • University of Oslo

College and university students are eager to engage with transformative solutions to the climate crisis, but often struggle to see openings or possibilities where they can leverage their actions and ...


Inner Transformation for 21st-Century Futures: The Missing Dimension in Higher Education

  • Indian Institute of Technology Madras

We live in times of great global risks and problems that pose multiple wic­ked, inter­depen­dent challenges, such as climate change, environmental degradation, social ine­qualities, geopolitical tensions ...


Students’ Innovation in Education for Sustainable Development—A Longitudinal Study on Interdisciplinary vs. Monodisciplinary Learning

  • University of Hamburg
  • Goethe University Frankfurt

Innovative ideas are essential to sustainable development. Students’ innovative potential in higher education for sustainable development (HESD) has so far been neglected. Innovation is often associated with an interdisciplinary approach ...


Impact of sustainability-focused learning intervention on teachers’ agency to teach for sustainable development

  • University of Education Lahore (Punjab)
  • Beaconhouse National University

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) has been identified as a key enabler of all Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Considering the vital role of ESD, a framework ‘ESD for 2030ʹ has ...


Sustained Relevance Through Elegance: Redesigning Higher Education from Within

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

Universities and colleges in the United States (U.S.) are in a period of rapid transformation. Driven by the need for an educated workforce, higher education institutions are responding to ...


Will We Learn from COVID-19? Ecopedagogical Calling (Un)heard

  • Beijing Normal University

‘(Un)heard’ in the title questions if we will learn from experiencing COVID-19 to counter unrestrained environmental devastation occurring, or will we remain largely untaught? I argue the need for ...


Towards an equity competency model for sustainable food systems education programs

  • Columbia University (NY)
  • Middlebury College (VT)
  • Tufts University (MA)
  • University of New Hampshire (NH)
  • University of British Columbia (BC)
  • American Museum of Natural History (NY)

Addressing social inequities has been recognized as foundational to transforming food systems. Activists and scholars have critiqued food movements as lacking an orientation towards addressing issues of social justice. To ...


“A new understanding and appreciation for the marvel of growing things”: exploring the college farm’s contribution to transformative learning

  • Eastern Kentucky University (KY)

Campus farms and gardens can play a vital role in offering experiential and transformative learning opportunities for students in higher education. Many faculty believe that experiential education in food systems ...


Transformative Sustainability Education in Higher Education: Activating Environmental Understanding and Active Citizenship Among Professional Studies Learners

  • Kibbutzim College of Education, Technology and the Arts (Tel Aviv District)

Transformative sustainability education (TSE) is an uncommon pedagogical practice in higher education, even though it has a positive impact on student learning and behavioral change. This qualitative case study explored ...


Transformative education: towards a relational, justice-oriented approach to sustainability

  • Leuphana University of Lüneburg
  • Lund University
  • One Project (CA)
  • Courage of Care Coalition (CA)

This paper aims to increase related knowledge across personal, social and ecological dimensions of sustainability and how it can be applied to support transformative learning.


Looking inward, outward, and forward: Exploring the process of transformative learning in teacher education for a sustainable future

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • University of Cincinnati (OH)

Sustainability education plays a pivotal role in driving change in the present and shaping our global future. This study explores the process of transformative learning among 67 preservice elementary teachers ...


Transformative learning in the field of sustainability: a systematic literature review (1999-2019)

  • Leuphana University of Lüneburg

This study aims to investigate how transformative learning has been conceptualised and operationalised in education for sustainable development (ESD) and sustainability learning and to collect evidence on how to support ...


Leveraging sport as a venue and vehicle for transformative sustainability learning

  • State University of New York at Cortland (NY)
  • Texas A&M University (TX)
  • University of Tennessee at Knoxville (TN)

Given greater awareness of environmental issues and the acceleration of climate change, universities are increasingly requiring undergraduate students to complete coursework in environmental issues. Research has shown that environmental courses ...


Sustainability Education for the Future? Challenges and Implications for Education and Pedagogy in the 21st Century

  • The American College of Greece (Aghia Paraskevi)

The crises societies face today contribute to a rather challenging life setting that demands in-depth reflection, daring new thinking, and change urgently. Transformative education for a sustainable future is needed ...


Collaborating for transformation: applying the Co-Laboratorio approach to bridge research, pedagogy and practice

  • Simon Fraser University (BC)

Intractable issues such as poverty, environmental degradation and economic and social exclusions, as exemplified in the SDGs, are inherently systemic problems that require multi-actor collaborations. This paper presents the learnings ...


The Emotional Experience of Sustainability Courses: Learned Eco-Anxiety, Potential Ontological Adjustment

  • Concordia University (QC)
  • Queen's University (ON)
  • York University (ON)

The knowledge content of university-level introductory sustainability courses elicits emotional reactions by students that are novel within the typical classroom context. Common negative reactions include ‘sadness’, ‘worry’, ‘guilt’ and ‘disgust ...


The Cruel Optimism of Transformative Environmental Education

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

The article is a reflection on the author's experience teaching a Master's seminar in Philosophical Debates in Environmental Education. It frames the attachment to transformative environmental education as ...

  • Posted April 22, 2021
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Student-led sustainability transformations: employing realist evaluation to open the black box of learning in a Challenge Lab curriculum

  • Chalmers University of Technology

While sustainability-oriented education is increasingly placing importance on engaging students in inter- and transdisciplinary learning processes with societal actors and authentic challenges in the centre, little research attends to how ...

  • Posted April 21, 2021
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Transformative education: towards a relational, justice-oriented approach to sustainability

  • Leuphana University of Lüneburg
  • Lund University
  • One Project (CA)
  • Courage of Care Coalition (CA)

This paper aims to increase related knowledge across personal, social and ecological dimensions of sustainability and how it can be applied to support transformative learning.

  • Posted April 8, 2021
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Perceptions of interconnected sustainability: Students’ narratives bridging transition and education

  • University of Helsinki

As sustainability becomes a focal point and important aspect of educational development in several disciplines and universities globally, it is important to critically reflect on the different utilisations of sustainability ...


Implementation of SDGs in University Teaching: A Course for Professional Development of Teachers in Education for Sustainability for a Transformative Action

  • Universitat de Girona (Girona)

The University Jaume I of Castellon (Spain) launched the “ImpSDGup” course in 2017. The aim of this training course on professional education for sustainable development (ESD) skills and competences for ...


Critical food systems education, neoliberalism, and the alternative campus tour

  • Trent University (ON)

While still quite modest, the body of scholarship on pedagogy related to teaching for more socio-ecologically just food systems is growing. However, this body of work is largely silent on ...


Campus greening from social sciences: emerging formulas on social responsibility and teaching innovation

  • University of A Coruña (a Coruña)

Purpose This paper aims to show how the Green Campus Program has been implemented at the Faculty of Sociology of the University of A Coruña (Spain). It describes the criteria ...


Caring for a common future: medical schools' social accountability

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

Origins and context: The concept of ‘the social accountability of medical schools’ is moving from the peripheral preoccupation of a few to a more central concern of medical schools themselves ...


Education for sustainable healthcare: Leadership to get from here to there

  • University of Northern British Columbia (BC)
  • University of British Columbia Okanagan (BC)
  • Dalarna University
  • Swansea University
  • University of North Dakota (ND)
  • International Federation of Medical Students' Associations

The current global crises, including climate, COVID-19, and environmental change, requires global collective action at all scales. These broad socio-ecological challenges require the engagement of diverse perspectives and ways of ...


Building new foundations: the future of education from a degrowth perspective

  • Konzeptwerk Neue Ökonomie

Considering education in the context of making and unmaking sustainable futures, a growing relevance is attributed to the role of shared beliefs or mental infrastructures which shape the way people ...


Rethinking Teacher Training According to 21st Century Competences

  • Universitatea Transilvania din Brasov (Brașov)

One of the demands of our educational system is the orientantion towards sustenability. To prepare people for future we need teachers who are able to develop the 21stcentury competences – the ...


Building Trust and Community: The Transformative Experience of the Green Revolving Fund at Agnes Scott College

  • Agnes Scott College (GA)
  • Sustainable Endowments Institute (MA)
  • Second Nature (MA)
  • City of Decatur (GA)

Agnes Scott College initiated the college’s Green Revolving Fund (GRF) in 2011 as a practical solution to a common challenge shared by colleges and universities that have committed to ...


Virtual conferences in higher education: Teasing out their transformative potential for sustainable development

  • University of Graz
  • University of Bern
  • Universitat de Girona (Girona)
  • Empa Technology & Society Laboratory (Sankt Gallen)

The Coronavirus outbreak has made virtual education a high necessity. Our intention here was to highlight potentials of virtual conferences to enhance transformative learning for sustainable development; new applications will ...


A transformative university learning experience contributes to sustainability attitudes, skills and agency

  • University of Nairobi
  • University of Vienna/Universität Wien
  • National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO)
  • Bahir Dar University
  • (FINASP) Facilitation for Innovations and Sustainable Productivity
  • University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
  • HORIZONT3000
  • Makerere University
  • University of York

Given that graduates of higher education institutions will be the future decision makers addressing sustainability challenges, this study assesses the effects of a transdisciplinary university learning program on sustainability attitudes ...


Learning to change: Transformative knowledge for building a sustainable bioeconomy

  • University of Hohenheim

The transition towards a bioeconomy is considered a powerful approach to combating current trends of unsustainability. To date, the concept has been widely perceived as a predominantly technical endeavor. This ...


The Bridge Between Education for Sustainable Development and Transformative Learning: Towards New Collaborative Learning Spaces

  • Vienna University of Economics and Business

Recent research has become increasingly interested in the concepts of education for sustainable development (ESD) and transformative learning (TL). However, even as ESD can be described as holistic and transformational ...


Shifting Education Towards Sustainability – How Degrowth Can Transform Education for Sustainable Development

  • University of Zurich

Economic growth was identified as a main cause of ecological damage and social exploitation more than four decades ago (Carson, 1962; Meadows et al, 1972; Gorz, 1980; WCED 1987; 14 ...

  • Posted April 17, 2020
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Education for sustainability: Fostering a more conscious society and transformation towards sustainability

  • Lund University

Current approaches to sustainability science and education focus on (assessing and addressing) the external world of ecosystems, wider socio-economic structures, technology and governance dynamics. A major shortcoming of such approaches ...

  • Posted March 6, 2020
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Education of sustainable development goals through students’ active engagement: A transformative learning experience

  • Università degli Studi di Torino

Purpose The purpose of this paper is to discuss and present new teaching techniques to advance the concept and the practice of education for sustainable development (SD). Due to the ...

  • Posted March 4, 2020
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Interacting Pedagogies: A Review and Framework for Sustainability Education

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

Although the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005–2014) was a period of rapid pedagogical revitalization and innovation, much sustainability education today is still delivered using transmissive and instrumental ...

  • Posted July 19, 2019
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Sustainability in finance teaching: evaluating levels of reflection and transformative learning

  • Mackenzie Presbyterian University

Purpose The purpose of this study is to argue for the need for more critical-reflective teaching-learning experiences in finance teaching, capable of promoting changes in students’ frames of reference toward ...


Transforming higher education through trickster-style teaching

  • Bowling Green State University (OH)

This article utilizes theoretical inquiry to examine the need for transforming conventional, industrial-scientific, higher education curriculum and pedagogy. In recognition of the scale and urgency of the changes necessary to ...


Mainstreaming Education for Sustainable Development at a Swiss University: Navigating the Traps of Institutionalization

  • University of Bern

How far have higher education institutions progressed towards integrating sustainable development at an institutional level and are they responding to the societal need for transformation? Can the pace of transformation ...

  • Posted April 29, 2019
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Conditions for transformative learning for sustainable development: a theoretical review and approach

  • Örebro University
  • Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Continued unsustainability and surpassed planetary boundaries require not only scientific and technological advances, but deep and enduring social and cultural changes. The purpose of this article is to contribute a ...

  • Posted April 5, 2019
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A sustainable consumption teaching review: From building competencies to transformative learning

  • University of East Anglia

Sustainable consumption (SC) is a growing area of research, practice and policy-making that has been gaining momentum in teaching programs among higher education institutions. Understanding how, in what way, and ...

  • Posted March 15, 2019
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About the Triggering of UN Sustainable Development Goals and Regenerative Sustainability in Higher Education

  • Università degli Studi di Torino
  • Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts

Humans are at the center of global climate change: The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are igniting sustainability with proactive, global, social goals, moving us away from the Brundtland ...

  • Posted Jan. 25, 2019
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Twenty-First Century Learning as a Radical Re-Thinking of Education in the Service of Life

  • Cape Breton University (NS)

The education reforms called for in 21st century education initiatives have been characterized as radical. International efforts to reformulate education for 21st century teaching and learning are well-funded initiatives by ...

  • Posted Jan. 11, 2019
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Green sprouts: Transformative learning in learning through participation (LTP)

  • Macquarie University (NSW)

This article explores the transformative learning effects of university courses that integrate academic learning with practical experience, highlighting in particular the tripartite learning that may occur where students are encouraged ...

  • Posted Jan. 11, 2019
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Higher education for sustainable development in Flanders: balancing between normative and transformative approaches

  • Open University of the Netherlands
  • University of Antwerp

This paper provides critical reflections on higher education for sustainable development (HESD) from a philosophical perspective. A theoretical framework is developed, based on John Dewey’s thoughts on the aim ...

  • Posted Dec. 11, 2018
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The role of transformation in learning and education for sustainability

  • North-West University
  • Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya
  • University of Campinas
  • Universidade Federal Fluminense
  • Damascus University
  • University of Latvia
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Hamburg University of Applied Sciences
  • University of Belgrade

Education research has acknowledged the value of transformation, which offers an opportunity for researching and rethinking how appropriate and successful educational practices may be. However, despite the role of transformation ...

  • Posted Dec. 11, 2018
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Teetering on the Brink: Subversive and Restorative Learning in Times of Climate Turmoil and Disaster

  • Sustainability Frontiers

Unchecked climate change poses a self-inflicted existential risk to humanity as it exacerbates the multiple-crisis syndrome facing global society. In international policy, education for sustainable development is widely flagged as ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2018
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Transformative Sustainability Learning Within a Material-Discursive Ontology

  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (WI)

In this article, sustainability education is defined within the three orders of change—education about, for, and as sustainability. The third-order change, education as sustainability is defined as transformative sustainability ...

  • Posted Nov. 13, 2018
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Sustainability in Management Education: Contributions from Critical Reflection and Transformative Learning

  • Mackenzie Presbyterian University

This theoretical paper discusses how the assumptions of critical reflection (CR) and transforming learning (TL) can help develop reflexive professionals in sustainability within management. The central argument is that a ...

  • Posted Nov. 13, 2018
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Organizing reflection to address collective dilemmas: Engaging students and professors with sustainable development in higher education

  • University of Central Oklahoma (OK)
  • Mackenzie Presbyterian University

Critical reflection and transformative learning theories generally place emphasis on individual change, giving little consideration to the organizational and societal aspects. Consequently, it is individual and not collective dilemmas that ...

  • Posted Nov. 13, 2018
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