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Education for sustainable development: an exploratory study in a Portuguese University

Education for sustainable development: an exploratory study in a Portuguese University PurposeThe research aims to evaluate whether this educational approach is being implemented in a Portuguese public university and looking for explicit references to education for sustainable development (ESD) in the online descriptions of course units (CU).Design/methodology/approachThe research design adopted for this qualitative research follows the principles of a case study with exploratory, multiple and collective features.FindingsIt was possible to find direct matches with key ESD expressions in fifteen of CU. In addition, nine CU were identified in the second stage of analysis of the teacher training master programmes.Research limitations/implicationsOne of the limitations of this study which the authors identified, and which was responsible for considerably reducing the probability of finding matches, was that only results in which the key expressions appeared in the description of the CU in exactly the same form as in the research instrument were recorded.Practical implicationsThe need for an educational programme for teachers to be developed and implemented in the near future.Social implicationsA training workshop will be proposed with the main aim of supporting teaching staff in making the necessary shift in their pedagogical practices to include a ESD orientation in their CU.Originality/valueThe instrument eveloped that appears in Appendix - Analysis Tool with key ESD expressions. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education Emerald Publishing

Education for sustainable development: an exploratory study in a Portuguese University

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
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1467-6370
DOI
10.1108/IJSHE-05-2016-0082
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Abstract

PurposeThe research aims to evaluate whether this educational approach is being implemented in a Portuguese public university and looking for explicit references to education for sustainable development (ESD) in the online descriptions of course units (CU).Design/methodology/approachThe research design adopted for this qualitative research follows the principles of a case study with exploratory, multiple and collective features.FindingsIt was possible to find direct matches with key ESD expressions in fifteen of CU. In addition, nine CU were identified in the second stage of analysis of the teacher training master programmes.Research limitations/implicationsOne of the limitations of this study which the authors identified, and which was responsible for considerably reducing the probability of finding matches, was that only results in which the key expressions appeared in the description of the CU in exactly the same form as in the research instrument were recorded.Practical implicationsThe need for an educational programme for teachers to be developed and implemented in the near future.Social implicationsA training workshop will be proposed with the main aim of supporting teaching staff in making the necessary shift in their pedagogical practices to include a ESD orientation in their CU.Originality/valueThe instrument eveloped that appears in Appendix - Analysis Tool with key ESD expressions.

Journal

International Journal of Sustainability in Higher EducationEmerald Publishing

Published: Sep 4, 2017

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