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1 Developing Sustainability Literacy cross-discipline resources Dr Paul Adderley RCUK Academic Fellow University of Stirling

2 HEA Higher Education and Sustainable Development in Scotland - Dundee June 2007 Outline Explore possibilities enhancing sustainability literacy across wider-range of subject domains Starting points; where next Discuss methods of delivery Electronic resources Reflection Teaching-Research-Outreach links

3 HEA Higher Education and Sustainable Development in Scotland - Dundee June 2007 Sustainability Literacy Definition – based around a framework: Sustainable literate person should: Understand the need for change to a sustainable way of doing things, individually and collectively Sufficient knowledge and skills to decide and act in a way that favours sustainable development Be able to recognise and reward other peoples decisions and actions that favour sustainable development Term emerged in HE through use by Forum for the Future

4 HEA Higher Education and Sustainable Development in Scotland - Dundee June 2007 The Sustainability Integration Group Association of Colleges Centre for Excellence in Leadership Committee of University Chairmen Department for Education and Skills Higher Education Academy Higher Education Funding Council for England Higher Education Funding Council for Wales Leadership Foundation for Higher Education Learning and Skills Council Quality Assurance Agency Qualifications and Curriculum Authority Standing Conference of Principals Scottish Funding Council Sector Skills Development Agency Trade Union Sustainable Development Advisory Committee Universities UK

5 HEA Higher Education and Sustainable Development in Scotland - Dundee June 2007 Other initiatives: England – CETL The Centre for Sustainable Futures, University of Plymouth …vision of this pan-discipline organisation is to enable students on Higher Education acquire the knowledge, skills, and values, which will assist them in living and working sustainably (Dyer and Selby, 2004) Campus-based learning approaches

6 HEA Higher Education and Sustainable Development in Scotland - Dundee June 2007 Sustainable literate person should: Understand the need for change to a sustainable way of doing things, individually and collectively Recognition of rôle of other people(s); Sufficient knowledge and skills to decide and act in a way that favours sustainable development Understandings of environment histories; history of environmental issues; earth-system processes; rôle of society Be able to recognise and reward other peoples decisions and actions that favour sustainable development Rôle of other people(s); exemplars from other societies

7 HEA Higher Education and Sustainable Development in Scotland - Dundee June 2007 Sustainable literacy? The stuff people want you to give up is always things that they have already chosen not to do or wouldnt ever want to do, or couldnt afford. Nobody says: I could have been a racing driver, but I ride a bike now for the butterflies. Its always: Im a vegan. Stop murdering animals, you b*****ds. A.A. Gill (Sunday Times, 10 June 2007)

8 HEA Higher Education and Sustainable Development in Scotland - Dundee June 2007 Outline Explore possibilities enhancing sustainability literacy across wider-range of subject domains Starting points; where next Discuss methods of delivery Electronic resources Reflection Teaching-Research-Outreach links

9 HEA Higher Education and Sustainable Development in Scotland - Dundee June 2007 Starting points Perceived need for increased sustainbility literacy Need (?) to break out of traditional discipline-led pedagogic approaches Enhancement themes

10 HEA Higher Education and Sustainable Development in Scotland - Dundee June 2007 Starting points (ii) Teaching at present Environmental Science Sustainable development module (Honours years) Sustainbility issues in Environmental history modules (Honours years) Environmental Science modules (Semester 4)

11 HEA Higher Education and Sustainable Development in Scotland - Dundee June 2007 Starting points (iii) Research Environmental History Environmental Science Wish-list for outcomes of research-led teaching: critical and systemic thinking interdisciplinarity, cross-disciplinarity and transdisciplinarity issues collaborative learning make connections – especially with respect to processes sense of other (geographical locale)

12 HEA Higher Education and Sustainable Development in Scotland - Dundee June 2007 What we are not trying to achieve! New course/module. Replacement for parts of an existing module So, why do it?

13 HEA Higher Education and Sustainable Development in Scotland - Dundee June 2007 Why? Introduce concepts to wider range of disciplines Feedback between expanding teaching to other domains vs. development of cross-disciplinary research …..?

14 HEA Higher Education and Sustainable Development in Scotland - Dundee June 2007 Benefits and ideas?

15 HEA Higher Education and Sustainable Development in Scotland - Dundee June 2007 Outline Explore possibilities enhancing sustainability literacy across wider-range of subject domains Starting points; where next Discuss methods of delivery Welcome to the Sahel Reflection Teaching-Research-Outreach links

16 HEA Higher Education and Sustainable Development in Scotland - Dundee June 2007 Welcome to the Sahel - an interdisciplinary resource-bank of sustainable development perspectives for English, environmental science, history, and religious studies undergraduates. Aims to: increase awareness of sustainable development issues; extend field-led or documentary-led experiences of undergraduates; consider the sustainability of societies from a remote, environmentally sensitive region: the West African Sahel; and allow contrasts with more immediate local issues to be developed.

17 Sahel Past and future rainfall trends (NOAA CM2 model) Held et al., (2005) Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 102,

18 HEA Higher Education and Sustainable Development in Scotland - Dundee June 2007 Zilum area – NE Nigeria Ancient water management or defence from other peoples?

19 HEA Higher Education and Sustainable Development in Scotland - Dundee June 2007

20 Technical details Database - DSpace typically used for online institutional depositories of theses and other IP Dublin Core Metadata Element Set descriptors of resource future proofing Local server Secured i.e. locked-down access Protection of IP

21 HEA Higher Education and Sustainable Development in Scotland - Dundee June 2007 What is going in the resource… (i) Screencasts digital recording of computer screen audio commentary MicroSoft Producer for Powerpoint Camtasia Studio plug-in to Powerpoint Good for visually-rich subjects such as the environmental sciences where visual aids important Podcasts digital media file (audio or video) which is distributed and shared over the web so that users can subscribe to digital content; the term Podcast can refer to either the media file itself or the way in which it is delivered.

22 HEA Higher Education and Sustainable Development in Scotland - Dundee June 2007 Podcasts at Stirling

23 HEA Higher Education and Sustainable Development in Scotland - Dundee June 2007 What is going in the resource… (ii) Digitised archival materials suitable for download datasets historical resources cartography Ethnographic film

24 HEA Higher Education and Sustainable Development in Scotland - Dundee June 2007 Promotion and monitoring Promotion: Launch event Undergraduate targeted conference - follows Inexhaustible abundance? Environmental History, Educators and Sustainable Development jointly supported by University of Stirling and the HEA Subject Centre for History, Classics and Archaeology. Monitoring committee Outwith discipline-specific staff-student committees Range of expertise

25 HEA Higher Education and Sustainable Development in Scotland - Dundee June 2007 Outline Explore possibilities enhancing sustainability literacy across wider-range of subject domains Starting points; where next Discuss methods of delivery Electronic resources Reflection Teaching-Research-Outreach links

26 HEA Higher Education and Sustainable Development in Scotland - Dundee June 2007 Reflective activites - Outreach Linking Research to Outreach Museum activities Awareness of science DTI initiatives in examining future technologies for young adults (future UGs) Seeking different audiences Development of Research – Teaching – Outreach continuum


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