Implementing and operationalising integrative approaches to sustainability in Higher Education: The role of project-oriented learning.

Leal Filho, W., Shiel, C. and do Paço, A., 2016. Implementing and operationalising integrative approaches to sustainability in Higher Education: The role of project-oriented learning. Journal of Cleaner Production, 133 (Oct), pp. 126-135.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2016.05.079

Abstract

Higher education institutions across the world are increasingly placing an emphasis on students’ acquisition of a broader range of skills or attributes within the taught curriculum, which should lead to a widening of their chances of academic success, in particular in the employment market. Among other issues, matters related to sustainable development are playing a key role, but many universities do not yet cater for integrative approaches, which may help them to approach sustainability issues in a transformative way. It is therefore necessary to develop new approaches and methods, which may address this gap. Based on the importance of meeting this perceived research need, this paper defines the role of project-oriented learning, also designated as Project Based Learning, as a tool to support integrative approaches to sustainability in a higher education context. The scientific value of the paper lies in the provision of some examples of successful approaches to Project Based Learning and the identification of some of the trends that characterise it. The paper makes clear why project-oriented learning should be more widely used in support of integrative approaches to sustainability, and why it needs to become part of the routine of higher education institutions. The outline of some of the initiatives recently and currently being undertaken may inspire others and assist in the implementation of Project Based Learning.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:0959-6526
Uncontrolled Keywords:Project Based Learning; Project-oriented learning; Sustainability; Higher education; Integrative curriculum
Subjects:UNSPECIFIED
Group:Faculty of Science and Technology
ID Code:23554
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:12 May 2016 11:22
Last Modified:22 Jun 2016 11:21

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