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Experimental educational networking on open research issues: Studying PSS applicability and development in emerging contexts

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Purpose ‐ The purpose of this paper is to introduce the hypothesis that it is fruitful to study new areas within research for sustainability, through experimental education courses, that are based on international and multilateral (transcultural) learning processes. Design/methodology/approach ‐ This way of introducing education into open research issues is presented throughout the experiences and the results of the DECOS campus network (Design in Emerging COntexts for Sustainability). This is an informal expert network on higher design education which involves university campuses from emerging and industrialized countries. The learning process established among those universities has been yearly assessed by the didactic observatory of the Politecnico di Milano University, considering also the feedbacks of the various involved professors. Findings ‐ The paper presents both the opportunities of such learning processes and the results actually achieved (designed) by the students, i.e. the students' sustainable system concepts. Practical implications ‐ The described experience encourages its continuing and its further implementation and dissemination. Originality/value ‐ The originality this experience is due to the combination of both experimental education and open-front research issues and design for sustainability with transcultural learning processes.
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Keywords: Education; Learning processes; Research; Sustainable development

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2007-04-17

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