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Establishing a community of practice and embedding education for sustainability at the University of Tasmania


Salter, S and Fallon, FE and Davison, AG and Towle, NJ and Murray, SL, Establishing a community of practice and embedding education for sustainability at the University of Tasmania, 9th International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability, 23-25 January, Hobart (2012) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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This paper explores the creation of an institution-wide community of practice to address education for sustainability at the University of Tasmania. This exploration is discussed within the context of engagement with the wider University of Tasmania community to raise awareness of, and participation in, Education for Sustainability initiatives, to collect and identify examples of best practice and to provide advice and guidance on the development of a framework for embedding Education for Sustainability across the University of Tasmania curriculum. The paper outlines the opportunities and challenges encountered by community of practice members in sharing their passion and knowledge about education for sustainability. It recommends actions to establish greater collaboration across disciplinary boundaries, between academic and professional staff members, as well as engaging with students and the wider community to create continuing dialogue and adaptive actions to enhance the potential for sustainable livelihoods for future generations. The paper represents a successful trans-disciplinary collaboration between five colleagues from three separate campuses and four different curriculum areas. The paper also focuses on the role of institutions of higher education in the search for a more sustainable future through educating future generations.

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Item Type:Non Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:education for sustainability, higher education, community of practice
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Human geography
Research Field:Social geography
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Salter, S (Mrs Susan Salter)
UTAS Author:Fallon, FE (Dr Fleur Fallon)
UTAS Author:Davison, AG (Associate Professor Aidan Davison)
UTAS Author:Towle, NJ (Dr Nick Towle)
UTAS Author:Murray, SL (Ms Sandra Murray)
ID Code:82238
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2013-01-22
Last Modified:2013-01-29

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