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Beyond Interpersonal Competence: Teaching and Learning Professional Skills in Sustainability

School of Sustainability, Arizona State University, P.O. Box 875502, Tempe, AZ 85287-5502, USA
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Academic Editor: Michael Brody
Educ. Sci. 2017, 7(1), 39;
Received: 4 January 2017 / Revised: 25 February 2017 / Accepted: 2 March 2017 / Published: 7 March 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainability, Environment and Education)
Successful careers in sustainability are determined by positive real-world change towards sustainability. This success depends heavily on professional skills in effective and compassionate communication, collaborative teamwork, or impactful stakeholder engagement, among others. These professional skills extend beyond content knowledge and methodical expertise. Current sustainability programs do not sufficiently facilitate students’ acquisition of such skills. This article presents a brief summary of professional skills, synthesized from the literature, and why they are relevant for sustainability professionals. Second, it presents how these skills have been taught in an undergraduate course in sustainability at Arizona State University, USA. Third, it critically discusses the effectiveness and challenges of that exemplary course. Finally, the article concludes with outlining the lessons learned that should be incorporated into future course offerings. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainability; professional skills; pedagogy sustainability; professional skills; pedagogy
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Brundiers, K.; Wiek, A. Beyond Interpersonal Competence: Teaching and Learning Professional Skills in Sustainability. Educ. Sci. 2017, 7, 39.

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