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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

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

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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Transforming Sustainability Education at the Creative Edge of the Mainstream

  • University of Plymouth (Devon)
  • Schumacher College

Mainstream westernised educational policy and practice continue to be firmly rooted in ontological and epistemological traditions that reflect what Gregory Bateson referred to as the illusion of our separation from ...


Is Higher Education Ready for Transformative Learning? A Question Explored in the Study of Sustainability

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

As universities begin to consider sustainability as a core value in education, there is a need to contemplate the role of transformative learning in higher education. Are current models of ...

  • Posted June 28, 2018
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Cultivating the Globally Sustainable Self Summit Series - Advancing Education for Sustainable Development Through Research and Practice

  • James Madison University (VA)

The Cultivating the Globally Sustainable Self Summit Series is a multi-year, multi-institution initiative that promotes transformative teaching, training, and learning in research and practice (www.jmu.edu/summitseries). The innovative ...


Towards Transformative Social Learning on the Path to 1.5 Degrees

  • Wageningen University
  • Rhodes University
  • University of the Witwatersrand

This paper provides insights into learning orientations and approaches that encourage change and transformation on the path to achieving the 1.5 degree C target. This literature review of the ...


Educating for Sustainability Webinar Series - The Why and How of Transformative Learning

  • AASHE (PA)
  • Northwest Earth Institute (OR)

This webinar will provide the context around why transformative learning and deeper engagement in sustainability issues are important. The ways we learn and engage are critical to fostering the skills ...

  • Posted March 20, 2018
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Complex matrix for the analysis of sustainable transformative learning: an assessment methodology of sustainability integration in universities

  • Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul - UFRGS

Several papers propose analytical methods relating to the inclusion of sustainability in courses and universities. However, as sustainability is a complex subject, methodological proposals on the topic must avoid making ...

  • Posted Dec. 12, 2017
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Multiple Ways of Knowing in Sustainability Education: Stretching the Boundaries of Transformative Sustainability Learning

  • Goucher College (MD)

This session focuses on how teaching for multiple ways of knowing can contribute to sustainability education by highlighting work done at the University of Saskatchewan which is encapsulated within two ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Fostering Sustainability in Higher Education: A Mixed-Methods Study of Transformative Leadership and Change Strategies

  • Antioch University, Seattle (WA)

As evidence of the earth's limited capacity to sustain human life mounts, institutions of higher education are being looked to for leadership in the effort to educate students about ...

  • Posted Sept. 5, 2017
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Greening the Heart of Postsecondary Education

  • Royal Roads University (BC)
  • AASHE (PA)

What does “greening the heart of education” look like at the postsecondary level? What are the big questions we must pose — and answer — if colleges and universities are to contribute ...

  • Posted Aug. 3, 2017
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What elements in a sustainability course contribute to paradigm change and action competence? A study at Lincoln University, New Zealand

  • Lincoln University, New Zealand

A significant shift in the dominant paradigm governing the relationship of humans with nature and society is crucial in order to change the current unsustainable practices. This article describes a ...


Sustainable knowledge transformation in and through higher education: A case for transdisciplinary leadership

  • National University of Ireland, Galway

This article explores inter- and transdisciplinarity, given the need for more complex, relevant, and transformative knowledge to shift society towards more sustainable futures. It connects practical questions about economic, societal ...


Learning for resilience, or the resilient learner? Towards a necessary reconciliation in a paradigm of sustainable education

  • University of Plymouth (Devon)

This explorative paper works across discourses to suggest the possibility and potential of an integrative paradigm for sustainability education that reconciles instrumental and intrinsic educational traditions, informed and infused by ...

  • Posted Jan. 30, 2017
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Classroom, Campus and Community Sustainability Engagement: Resources for Engaging the Social Dimensions of Change

  • Northwest Earth Institute (OR)

Sustainability education and engagement should encompass more than mere knowledge acquisition, instead integrating a transformative learning process that engages the whole person. This 30 minute workshop highlights why participatory, dialogue-based ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Organisational learning towards sustainability in higher education

  • University of Southampton

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Research on sustainability in higher education has focused on environmental management of the university campus, case studies and examples of good practice. Although the value and contribution of these ...

  • Posted Nov. 14, 2016
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Paul Quinn College Transforms Football Field to Organic Farm, Shifting Value to Students

  • Paul Quinn College (TX)

At Paul Quinn College, where 83 percent of students are Pell Grant eligible (2016), students obtain both a liberal arts education and real-world work experience. This video showcases the historically ...

  • Posted Sept. 20, 2016
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Learning sustainability leadership: An action research study of a graduate leadership course

  • Portland State University (OR)

This study used action research methodology to examine the development of sustainability leadership in a graduate leadership course. The research investigated the impact of this leadership course, which was designed ...


Co-designing research on transgressive learning in times of climate change

  • Wageningen University

This paper reflects on the epistemological context for the co-design of a research programme on transformative, transgressive learning emerging at the nexus of climate change, water and food security, energy ...

  • Posted July 21, 2016
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Sustainability Pedagogies for the Business Language Classroom

  • George Washington University (DC)

Heightened urgency about the question of the earth’s survival has generated increased attention to how to teach sustainability across the curriculum. The business language course, positioned at the nexus ...

  • Posted July 13, 2016
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Permaculture in higher education: Opportunities and challenges

  • University of Victoria (BC)

There is growing agreement that integrative “whole person” approaches promoting transformative learning are important aspects of sustainability education. Increasingly, universities are using permaculture in teaching sustainability. Permaculture is an ecological ...


Transformative, transgressive social learning: rethinking higher education pedagogy in times of systemic global dysfunction

  • Wageningen University
  • University of Gothenburg

The nature of the sustainability challenges currently at hand is such that dominant pedagogies and forms of learning that characterize higher education need to be reconsidered to enable students and ...


The role of students in the co-creation of transformational knowledge and sustainability experiments: Experiences from Sweden, Japan and the USA

  • Clark University (MA)
  • Oberlin College (OH)
  • University of Tokyo
  • Lund University

Accompanying realizations that engagement of multiple societal sectors (academia, industry, government, citizenry) and disciplines are required for formulating effective responses to complex sustainability challenges, calls for new forms of knowledge ...


You say you want a revolution? Transforming education and capacity building in response to global change

  • Stellenbosch University (Western Cape)
  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • University of Dundee
  • University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (CO)
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Oslo
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology

This paper considers the changes in education and capacity building that are needed in response to environmental and social challenges of the 21st Century. We argue that such changes will ...


The university as a site for transformation around sustainability

  • University of Plymouth (Devon)
  • Bradford University (West Yorkshire)

Universities are increasingly being seen as key sites for transformation around sustainability. However, much of the literature in this area uses the terms transformation and transformative learning rather uncritically. Moreover ...

  • Posted April 25, 2016
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Transformative Learning for a Sustainable Future: An Exploration of Pedagogies for Change at an Alternative College

  • Schumacher College

Educators and policy makers have long recognised the central role that education can play in creating a more sustainable and equitable world. Yet some question whether current processes across mainstream ...

  • Posted April 20, 2016
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