Learning Development and Education for Sustainability: what are the links?

Winter, Jennie, Barton, Graham, Allison, Joseph and Cotton, Debby (2015) Learning Development and Education for Sustainability: what are the links? Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education, 8. ISSN 1759-667X

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Learning Development (LD) is an emerging discipline developing a unique disciplinary identity. In common with many other new fields, it considers its position and relevance to other disciplines and bodies of thought, and in particular, educational development, applied linguistics and the sociology and philosophy of education. This paper considers one such area of debate: the link between Learning Development and Education for Sustainability (EfS). EfS is an area of pedagogic practice and a field of enquiry of considerable and growing importance in Higher Education (HE) and universities. Its underpinning systemic and epistemic philosophies suggest the need for integration across all facets of university activity, including LD. In this paper, we argue that there are identifiable links between LD and EfS that extend these philosophies, practices and fields of enquiry, characterised by the following: 1) commonalities surrounding the foci of their pedagogic practices, 2) shared methodologies for undertaking their practices, and 3) ways in which these methodologies are helping to situate both professions and disciplines within organisational contexts. The commonalities and possible distinctions between LD and EfS form a starting point for discussion, and raise the possibility that explicit identification of the links may encourage increased collaboration between the respective communities of practice, and the development of new ideas and innovative practices

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Keywords: sustainability literacy, academic fluency, systemic thinking, transformation, application to practice.
Depositing User: Ms Kerry Kellaway
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2019 09:50
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2020 15:18
URI: https://marjon.repository.guildhe.ac.uk/id/eprint/17482

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