Sustainability Focused CoP: Enabling Transformative Education

Ashford, Theresa and Archer-Lean, Clare and Ashford, Graham and Taylor, Jane and Keys, Noni and Thomsen, Dana and Ryan, Lisa ORCID: and Baldwin, Claudia (2017) Sustainability Focused CoP: Enabling Transformative Education. In: Implementing Communities of Practice in Higher Education: Dreamers and Schemers. Springer, Singapore, pp. 281-302. ISBN 978-981-10-2865-6


This chapter describes the Sustainability Focused Community of Practice (SFCoP) at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia. The SFCoP is a diverse group of academics committed to teaching and assessing a complex and contested concept. The SFCoP emerged in response to an institutional requirement that graduates from all programs needed to demonstrate the graduate attribute of sustainability focused. A single convener used course outlines to identify the community of academics that taught and assessed sustainability and invited them to join the SFCoP. The intention of formally creating a SFCoP was to negotiate the boundaries of the domain, consolidate the body of knowledge that was disaggregated across the university, and to enlarge the set of best practice materials for common use. In addition to outlining the origins of the CoP, this chapter provides practitioner accounts of the role that the SFCoP played in enhancing the incorporation of sustainability content in the fields of English literature, environmental economics, public health, sustainability and planning. The different academic voices highlight how individuals drew benefit from this alternative social learning space. Common elements included a reduced sense of isolation, an expanded understanding of the domain, and the enlargement and fortification of a permissible space in which to explore how to best teach a difficult concept.

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Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2021 04:57
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Sustainability; Education; Graduate attributes; Permissible spaces; Learning and teaching
Fields of Research (2008): 05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050203 Environmental Education and Extension
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390105 Environmental education curriculum and pedagogy
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390303 Higher education
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930502 Management of Education and Training Systems
D Environment > 96 Environment > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960703 Environmental Education and Awareness
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1601 Learner and learning > 160102 Higher education
16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1603 Teaching and curriculum > 160303 Teacher and instructor development
19 ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY, CLIMATE CHANGE AND NATURAL HAZARDS > 1902 Environmental policy, legislation and standards > 190203 Environmental education and awareness
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