Higher education for sustainable development: actioning the global goals in policy, curriculum and practice

Franco, Isabel B., Saito, Osamu, Vaughter, Philip, Whereat, John, Kanie, Norichika and Takemoto, Kazuhiko, (2018). Higher education for sustainable development: actioning the global goals in policy, curriculum and practice. Sustainability Science, 1-22

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    Author Franco, Isabel B.
    Saito, Osamu
    Vaughter, Philip
    Whereat, John
    Kanie, Norichika
    Takemoto, Kazuhiko
    Title Higher education for sustainable development: actioning the global goals in policy, curriculum and practice
    Appearing in Sustainability Science
    Publication Date 2018-09-17
    Place of Publication Online
    Publisher Springer Japan KK
    Start page 1
    End page 22
    Language eng
    Abstract Higher education for sustainable development (HEfSD) is being significantly shaped by the global sustainability agenda. Many higher education institutions, responsible for equipping the next generation of sustainability leaders with knowledge and essential skills, proactively try to action the sustainable development goals (SDGs) in HEfSD policy, curriculum and practice through scattered and isolated initiatives. Yet, these attempts are not strategically supported by a governing approach to HEfSD or coordinated effectively to tackle social and environmental sustainability. These predicaments not only widen the gap between HEfSD policy, curriculum and practice but also exacerbate the complexities between human and environmental interactions compromising overall sustainability. However, these efforts represent a potential for actioning the Global Agenda for Sustainable Development. Based on a qualitative research strategy, theory building methodology and various methodological techniques (surveys, policy and literature review, group and individual interviews), this research suggests that the advancement of HEfSD in policy, curriculum and practice depends largely on a better understanding of existing gaps, target areas, commonalities and differences across regional HEfSD agendas. This will hopefully provide higher education institutions and their stakeholders across regions with some conceptual and practical tools to consider strategically how HEfSD can successfully be integrated into policy, curriculum and practice in alignment with SDGs and with the overall mandate of the Global Agenda for Sustainable Development.
    Keyword Higher education for sustainable development
    Sustainable development goals (SDGs)
    Sustainability
    Policy
    Curriculum
    Stakeholders
    Copyright Holder Springer Japan KK
    Copyright Year 2018
    Copyright type All rights reserved
    DOI 0.1007/s11625-018-0628-4
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