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An overview of extra‐curricular education for sustainable development (ESD) interventions in UK universities

An overview of extra‐curricular education for sustainable development (ESD) interventions in UK... Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore the extent and type of extra‐curricular ESD‐related practice in UK universities and to record opinions about the utility of such work. Design/methodology/approach – A postal questionnaire survey of all UK universities was undertaken in 2006. Over half (51 per cent) of the UK's 140 universities with degree‐awarding powers responded. Findings – Extra‐curricular ESD‐related interventions were found to be widespread and in 31 per cent of cases were the primary approach to ESD. Respondent opinions highlight a paradox whereby the voluntary nature of extra‐curricular interventions can both extend and limit the reach of ESD. Research limitations/implications – The survey approach gathers impressions of UK practice at one point in time, only. Further case study research to look at the impact of such practice is now under way. Practical implications – In the UK, much recent work to support ESD has focused on efforts to support curriculum change. The paper suggests that attention should also be directed at the extra‐curricular sphere in parallel. Originality/value – This paper partly fills a gap in the literature, there being little empirical enquiry into extra‐curricular ESD in higher education. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education Emerald Publishing

An overview of extra‐curricular education for sustainable development (ESD) interventions in UK universities

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2008 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1467-6370
DOI
10.1108/14676370810885853
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore the extent and type of extra‐curricular ESD‐related practice in UK universities and to record opinions about the utility of such work. Design/methodology/approach – A postal questionnaire survey of all UK universities was undertaken in 2006. Over half (51 per cent) of the UK's 140 universities with degree‐awarding powers responded. Findings – Extra‐curricular ESD‐related interventions were found to be widespread and in 31 per cent of cases were the primary approach to ESD. Respondent opinions highlight a paradox whereby the voluntary nature of extra‐curricular interventions can both extend and limit the reach of ESD. Research limitations/implications – The survey approach gathers impressions of UK practice at one point in time, only. Further case study research to look at the impact of such practice is now under way. Practical implications – In the UK, much recent work to support ESD has focused on efforts to support curriculum change. The paper suggests that attention should also be directed at the extra‐curricular sphere in parallel. Originality/value – This paper partly fills a gap in the literature, there being little empirical enquiry into extra‐curricular ESD in higher education.

Journal

International Journal of Sustainability in Higher EducationEmerald Publishing

Published: Jul 11, 2008

Keywords: Sustainable development; Higher education; Surveys; United Kingdom; Questionnaires

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