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Integrating Sustainable Development into the Higher Education Built Environment Curriculum

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McLernon, Tim (2010) Integrating Sustainable Development into the Higher Education Built Environment Curriculum. In: 4th International Conference on Sustainability Engineering and Science. Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Sustainability Engineering and Science, Auckland, NZ, Nov 30 – Dec 3, 2010., Auckland, New Zealand, pp. 384-393. ISBN 978-0-473-18919-8 [Book section]

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URL: http://www.thesustainabilitysociety.org.nz/conference/2010/papers/McLernon.pdf

Abstract

Universities play a pivotal role in influencing policies, practices and human behaviour that govern how we live. Historically, the influence of universities in this respect was acknowledged by the Talloires Declaration of 1990 which stated that:“Universities have a major role in the education, research, policy formation, and information exchange necessary to make these goals [of a sustainable future] possible”.This paper explores the pedagogical and practical questions of how best to embed sustainable development in the higher education curriculum of the built environment disciplines, within the constraints of the current operating environment, in order to provoke a cultural shift in student behaviour. It is a small, qualitative study intended to add to the discussion on how best to embed sustainable development in the higher education curriculum. Interview data were collected from four key informants from academia and one from the professions. These data were supplemented by the analyses of policy and operational matters associated with the institutional promotion of sustainability. The findings of the study were applied to a previously devised, theoretical model for programme-based assessment and the paper concludes with a proposed model for embedding sustainable development in the higher education curriculum of the built environment disciplines. The findings should inform other disciplines.

Item Type:Book section
Keywords:Embedding, sustainabilty, higher education, curriculum.
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment
Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment > School of the Built Environment
Research Institutes and Groups:Built Environment Research Institute
Built Environment Research Institute > Centre for Research on Property and Planning (RPP)
ID Code:17065
Deposited By:Dr Tim McLernon
Deposited On:09 Aug 2011 09:37
Last Modified:09 Aug 2011 09:37

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