The wonderful art of comparing leeks and bananas: reviewing sustainability actions to empower transformation

Diniz, Tatiana and Glover, Alison The wonderful art of comparing leeks and bananas: reviewing sustainability actions to empower transformation. In: Society for Research into Higher Education Conference, 14-16 Dec 2010, Celtic Manor, Newport, South Wales.

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Abstract

This paper reports research aiming to discover perceptions of ‘sustainability’. Individuals are encouraged to explore their interpretations and establish importance and relevance of presented concepts to their situation. The paper discusses findings from the first of several workshops with higher education staff and students. Conducting the same workshop in several settings expansive data will result; developing an understanding of interpretations of sustainability and the collation of sustainability actions.

Interpretations of sustainability were discussed, in the real or abstract sense, and sustainable projects in Welsh and Brazilian higher education presented. Participants ranked the projects, which resulted in exchanging alternative approaches to the sustainability agenda. The initial findings reflect diversity of interpretations of sustainability and present the difficulty of prioritising educating for sustainability or sustainable practices. The process reflects the possible complexities of prioritising such actions which could strongly influence the learning experiences and future decisions of students in higher education.

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