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Empowering education for sustainable development practitioners by building communities of practice

Roberts, Jane and Roberts, Carolyn (2012). Empowering education for sustainable development practitioners by building communities of practice. In: Cotton, Debby; Sterling, Stephen; Neal, Vivian and Winter, Jennie eds. Putting the ‘S’ into ED - Education for Sustainable Development in Educational Development. SEDA special (31). London, UK: SEDA, pp. 17–22.

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As the challenge to incorporate education for sustainable development (ESD) into higher education curricula grows ever more urgent, educational developers have a key role to play in empowering academics to become more effective ESD practitioners. In this chapter we discuss the extent to which such programmes could and should be modelled on active, enquiring and experiential pedagogies which are associated with best practice in education for sustainable development. We also examine the potential role for communities of practice to support professional development for ESD within institutions. In particular, we evaluate a professional development exercise at the University of Gloucestershire which experimented with such approaches and discuss its potential transferability.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2012 SEDA
ISBN: 1-902435-53-2, 978-1-902435-53-4
Keywords: education for sustainable development; educational development; staff development; communities of practice
Academic Unit/School: Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
Item ID: 32447
Depositing User: Jane Roberts
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 16:11
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2019 17:42
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