Special Issue "Advances and Innovations in Sustainability Education: Higher Education as an Avenue for Social Change"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2020).
Interests: Globalized political economy and its alternatives, grassroots economic and governance structures, industrialized culture and worldviews and their alternatives, sustainability education, transdisciplinarity in higher education, permaculture, service learning, sustainable leadership.
This Special Issue of Sustainability explores the current state and momentum of sustainability education in colleges and universities globally. In response to the state of the world and in recognition that sustainability is fundamentally about social change, we explore promising research, practices, and theory currently shaping the field of sustainability education as an important driver of social change.
Sustainability education is maturing as a field:
- The availability of sustainability degrees and certificates offered by colleges and universities is expanding rapidly;
- Sustainability competencies are coalescing within the literature and academic programs;
- A growing number of graduate studies prepare inter- and transdisciplinary sustainability educators;
- A standardized test (the Sulitest) measuring sustainability literacy is currently available and being utilized in colleges and universities, and
- The United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development recently came to a close after inspiring and documenting many successes.
At the same time that sustainability education is making significant advances, many pillars of the current socio-ecological order are crumbling. In recognition of this both deeply troubling and opportune moment in educational and social history, this issue explores innovations and advances aimed at further developing and strengthening sustainability education and thereby improving its contributions to the wider project of sustainability-oriented social change. Article authors are asked to consider the contribution their work makes to sustainability education in a time of socio-ecological crisis.
We seek articles on innovative approaches and developments in higher education as well as fresh perspectives on continuing challenges. We encourage theoretical, methodological, and empirical research works on teaching and learning, competencies and assessment, policy, program development and implementation, instructor preparation, community- and project-based learning, institutional collaborations and partnerships, and other relevant subjects. Questions may be directed to the guest editor.
Prof. Dr. Tina Lynn Evans
Manuscript Submission Information
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