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Sustainability 2015, 7(8), 10554-10575; doi:10.3390/su70810554

Pedagogies of Preparedness: Use of Reflective Journals in the Operationalisation and Development of Anticipatory Competence

Education and Pedagogical Sciences, University of Vechta, Driverstraße 22, 49377 Vechta, Germany
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Received: 8 May 2015 / Revised: 28 July 2015 / Accepted: 30 July 2015 / Published: 7 August 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Environmental Education for Sustainable Development)
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In higher education there is a growing demand for graduates with the competence to transform our society toward a sustainable future. Part of this competence in sustainability is anticipatory competence, the ability to engage with multiple futures, manage uncertainty and hold a worldview that the future can and should be steered toward a more just sustainable path. In order to further examine and operationalise anticipatory competence, a course “Sustainability and the Future” was developed and run in the University of Vechta, Germany, as part of an action research cycle exploring key competencies for sustainability in higher education. Reflective journaling was used to explore the competence acquisition process along with focus groups with students after the course. The analysis of this programme shows that while certain subject areas such as values, transport and population models provoke more critical reflection on the future, skills such as the ability to work with emotional aspects of the future, for instance hope, were perceived to be necessary for anticipatory competence. View Full-Text
Keywords: education for sustainable development; higher education; sustainability competence; anticipatory competence; reflective learning education for sustainable development; higher education; sustainability competence; anticipatory competence; reflective learning
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Gardiner, S.; Rieckmann, M. Pedagogies of Preparedness: Use of Reflective Journals in the Operationalisation and Development of Anticipatory Competence. Sustainability 2015, 7, 10554-10575.

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