Institutional strategies for education for sustainable development and global citizenship in Wales

Glover, Alison (2009). Institutional strategies for education for sustainable development and global citizenship in Wales. In: Linking Research and Teaching in Higher Education: Proceedings of the Newport NEXUS Conference Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (Haslett, Simon K. and Rowlands, Hefin eds.), 1 pp. 53–57.

Abstract

Global issues such as climate change, poverty, health, education and environmental degradation are very topical, with substantial media coverage. The Welsh Assembly Government has published several policies prioritising sustainability in Wales across all sectors. Higher Education Institutions provide future citizens, who will lead, design and create change within society, and it is, therefore, desirable for students to be empowered if they are to be effective. In 2008 the Welsh Assembly Government funded audits to establish the situation of Education for Sustain-able Development and Global Citizenship (ESDGC) within the higher education sector in Wales. Now the question arises as to whether institutions are developing the policies and strategies to tackle sustainability issues and whether staff and students perceive that they have a role to play. Considerable research has been carried out within pre-university education and their delivery of the ESDGC agenda. However, there appears to be limited scholarly literature regarding the implementation and impact of institutional strategies in the higher education sector, particularly as far as sustainability is concerned. This research will develop a conceptual and analytical framework as a guide for case studies in order to examine the implementation process and impacts at twelve Welsh Higher Education Institutions.

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