Mirroring, Gestaltswitching and transformative social learning: Stepping stones for developing sustainability competence
Author: Wals, Arjen E.J.
Source: International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, Volume 11, Number 4, 2010 , pp. 380-390(11)
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Abstract:Purpose ‐ The purpose of this paper is to identify components and educational design principles for strengthening sustainability competence in and through higher education. Design/methodology/approach ‐ This is a conceptual paper that uses an exemplary autobiographical empirical case study in order to illustrate and support a line of reasoning. Findings ‐ A number of "Gestalts" of mind-sets of sustainability competence and key elements of the learning processes needed for developing such competence have been identified. Originality/value ‐ This is one of the first papers to consider sustainability competence from a transformative social learning perspective. The value of the paper lies in its potential to help teachers of university courses in re-designing their educational processes with sustainability competence in mind.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2010-09-21