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Skilled in Sustainability: Teaching Sustainability in Skills-Based
Sustainability at Universities: Opportunities, Challenges and Trends (2009)
  • Heather Burns, Portland State University

Chapter 15.

This paper describes how learning sustainability can be integrated into skills- based courses by combining the elements of a new model of sustainability pedagogy with skills-based content. The author argues that educators have a moral responsibility to teach sustainability in all aspects of higher education, including skills-based courses.

Using a thematic approach is one way that educators can integrate sustainability learning into skills-based courses.This paper provides a model for integrating sustainability pedagogy within existing courses designed to teach specific skills. Grounded in a literature base on the nature of sustainability pedagogy, this article describes the process of integrating a sustainability theme into one skills-based course, academic writing. Shifting to a sustainability theme such as sustainable food systems allowed for purposeful learning about sustainability while at the same time engaged students' understand led to improved academic writing skills.

Publication Date
Walter Leal Filho
Frankfurt am Main
9783631596906 3631596901
Citation Information
Heather Burns. "Skilled in Sustainability: Teaching Sustainability in Skills-Based" New YorkSustainability at Universities: Opportunities, Challenges and Trends (2009)
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