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Establishing a Community of Practice and Embedding Education for Sustainability at the University of Tasmania


Salter, S and Murray, SL and Davison, AG and Fallon, F and Towle, NJ, Establishing a Community of Practice and Embedding Education for Sustainability at the University of Tasmania, The International Journal of Social Sustainability in Economic, Social, and Cultural Context, 9, (1) pp. 34-44. ISSN 2325-1115 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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The University of Tasmania Education for Sustainability Community of Practice was established in September 2011 to bring together staff and the wider non-university community (e.g., non-government organisations, primary and secondary schools) with the goal of embedding sustainability as a core focus of the university curriculum, research activities, operations and community engagement. The establishment of this institution-wide Community of Practice 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. The paper documents the creation processes and includes opportunities and challenges encountered by Community of Practice members. Areas of discussion include greater collaboration across disciplinary boundaries and between academic and professional staff members. The major themes for these discussions were - the ‘idea’ of sustainability; the social responsibility of the wider university community; the teaching-research nexus and the student experience; community engagement; institutional leadership.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Education for Sustainability; Higher Education; Community of Practice; Australia; University of Tasmania
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Climate change impacts and adaptation
Research Field:Climate change impacts and adaptation not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Environmental policy, legislation and standards
Objective Field:Environmental education and awareness
UTAS Author:Salter, S (Mrs Susan Salter)
UTAS Author:Murray, SL (Ms Sandra Murray)
UTAS Author:Davison, AG (Associate Professor Aidan Davison)
UTAS Author:Fallon, F (Dr Fleur Fallon)
UTAS Author:Towle, NJ (Dr Nick Towle)
ID Code:88676
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Health Sciences A
Deposited On:2014-02-12
Last Modified:2017-11-21

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