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Towards a revolution in sustainability education: Vision, architecture, and assessment in a case-based approach

Rebecca Hardin, Anil Bhargava, Cameron Bothner, Katherine Browne, Stephanie Kusano, Arman Golrokhian, Mary Wright, Pearl Zhu Zeng and Arun Agrawal

World Development Perspectives, 2016, vol. 1, issue C, 58-63

Abstract: The challenges of sustainability and sustainable development are multifaceted and complex. Addressing them in the long run requires a revolution in the training of future generations of learners so that they can devise solutions for sustainability dilemmas in environments characterized by uncertainty, information deficits, and asymmetric power relationships. Such a revolution is under way in many disciplines. Within the field of sustainability studies, there is much promise in a problem-driven, solution-focused approach that emphasizes experiential learning in the best tradition of case-based teaching. The Michigan Sustainability Cases initiative builds on the familiar case-based approach by adapting it in three ways to support active, engaged learning: integration of audiovisual elements into the conventional text-based case narratives; strong partnerships among students, faculty, and practitioners to flip the curriculum; and a digital platform for enhanced flexibility to configure case-based curriculum design. A competitive funding mechanism and writeshops for case development teams promise to open the case-based approach through imaginative appropriation for sustainability learners in diverse educational and organizational contexts globally.

Date: 2016
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DOI: 10.1016/j.wdp.2016.05.006

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