Routledge handbook of sustainable development in higher education (book review by Stephen Martin)
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Pages: 1-4 | DOI: 10.1080/13504622.2016.1272673
“Universities are facing increasing pressures to change the educational programmes they offer in order to make graduates fit for future citizenship and employment in the twenty first century. The impetus for radical repurposing of universities comes from a complex array of contemporary issues, including societal, economic and environmental challenges as well as national and international policy change. Curriculum reform and innovation are beginning to take place in many universities in the UK and elsewhere in the world in response to such pressures and policy developments. This international edited volume’s 31 chapters focus on some of the current research approaches that underpin how universities go about transforming their teaching, learning in the context of Higher Education for Sustainable Development (HESD).
“Whilst there are many valuable, and well-written chapters in this book, the introduction fails in any real sense to initiate and engage the reader in what research in HESD looks like – either conceptually or in practice – other than to say it has ‘distinctive topics and research approaches’. It is only when you read the lucid and well-crafted chapter by Stephen Sterling et al. from Plymouth University, that coherent understandings of research in HESD begin to crystallise in any tangible and thoughtful way – and this is Chapter 6 of the book!” …