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Communities of Practice (CoP) as a Model for Integrating Sustainability into Higher Education


Murray, S and Salter, S, Communities of Practice (CoP) as a Model for Integrating Sustainability into Higher Education, Handbook of Research on Pedagogical Innovations for Sustainable Development, IGI Global, KD Thomas and HE Muga (ed), United States, pp. 800. ISBN 9781466658561 (2014) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.4018/978-1-4666-5856-1.ch009


The University of Tasmania (UTas), Australia, made the commitment to adopt a plan for incorporating environmental literacy and sustainability into teaching and learning practices for all undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as within research, operational activities, and the community. The systematic goal was Education for Sustainability (EfS). To move towards this goal, a Community of Practice (CoP) in EfS was established in 2011. This chapter describes the establishment process for this CoP along with key milestones from 2011 through 2013. Paramount among these is the impact of the CoP on EfS at UTas and beyond and the phases involved—from initiation to maturation to ongoing regeneration—are explored. The diverse membership of the CoP, which includes students, academics, professional/operational staff, and community members, is elaborated upon in this chapter to ensure each role is understood as well as the challenges that arise from such diverse initiatives (60+ members).

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:sustainable development, pedagogical innovations
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Higher education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Teaching and instruction technologies
UTAS Author:Murray, S (Ms Sandra Murray)
UTAS Author:Salter, S (Mrs Susan Salter)
ID Code:96170
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Health Sciences A
Deposited On:2014-10-22
Last Modified:2018-03-19

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