Higher Education Futures

Small private institutions possibly have a more direct purpose than universities. Where universities address the masses in the state and region, small private institutions have a direct connection with their surrounding communities.

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Transformative Sustainability Education

Many have questioned the relevance of the current higher education structure and system. Major points include cost disease, pedagogies that ignore the advancements of the Information Age, and exclusiveness. Arguments continue to emerge with the most recent including the particular argument on whether the current educational banking method of learning actually works against sustainability and sustainable practices.

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What is Futures Thinking?

Unlike any other field of study, futures thinking is a topic that cannot be studied or predicted because the future does not exist yet. It is one of the few fields that is fundamentally inter- and multi-disciplinary. Scholars who focus on the future still reference the efforts of the last few centuries.

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Sustainable Development and Learning Part 5

It is my belief that schools should integrate sustainability in the mission and curriculum of the school or institution. These learning experiences not only impact mindsets, but also the collective mindset of the community. Collectively, mindsets will shift global awareness and the impact on the environment.

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Sustainable Development and Learning Part 3

In their book, “Sustainable Development and Learning”, authors Stephen Gough and William Scott (2003) examine examples of sustainable development curriculum design to illustrate the differences in curriculum approaches.

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5 Resources for Integrating Sustainability in your Class

While trying to meet program goals and course objectives, it is easy to forget that we are preparing future generations who will inherit this planet and the problems past generations have created for them. Sustainability is not just a topic in itself, it is an aspect that can be weaved into every subject area and program. This is a list of some of the best resources on the Web. It was developed for faculty members or faculty developers who wish to introduce the topic of sustainability in their own courses or training programs.

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