Sustainability 2014, 6(6), 3291-3300; doi:10.3390/su6063291
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Supporting the Integration of Sustainability into Higher Education Curricula—A Case Study from Switzerland

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Received: 1 April 2014; in revised form: 8 May 2014 / Accepted: 12 May 2014 / Published: 27 May 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Proceedings of the 3rd International Sustainability Conference)
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Abstract: From the perspective of different stakeholders, education for sustainable development (ESD) in higher education is highly desirable. In practice, however, this may present challenges, as it involves systemic and cultural changes as well as organizational transformation. A working group at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences supported such a transformative process with the aim of fostering, linking and subsequently deepening the dimensions of sustainable development in the existing curricula. By means of an assessment tool (spider diagram) developed through a bottom-up action research procedure, the working group initiated a discussion on sustainability among university lecturers, research associates and students. Results support the hypothesis that resistance to incorporating dimensions of sustainability into the curriculum can effectively be avoided by such an approach. The effectiveness of the assessment tool increased the commitment and the willingness of lecturers to share a common goal of demonstrating the relevance of sustainability in higher education.
Keywords: sustainable development in higher education; assessment of sustainable development; curricula; teacher training; bottom-up processes; qualitative research; case study
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Hamiti, S.W.; Wydler, H. Supporting the Integration of Sustainability into Higher Education Curricula—A Case Study from Switzerland. Sustainability 2014, 6, 3291-3300.

AMA Style

Hamiti SW, Wydler H. Supporting the Integration of Sustainability into Higher Education Curricula—A Case Study from Switzerland. Sustainability. 2014; 6(6):3291-3300.

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Hamiti, Sandra W.; Wydler, Hans. 2014. "Supporting the Integration of Sustainability into Higher Education Curricula—A Case Study from Switzerland." Sustainability 6, no. 6: 3291-3300.

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