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Connecting Sustainability Competences and Pedagogical Approaches
March 6 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ESTFree
Research into and practice of Higher Education for Sustainable Development (HESD) have been increasing during the last two decades. These have focused on providing sustainability education to future generations of professionals. In this context, there has been considerable progress in the incorporation of SD in universities’ curricula. Most of these efforts have focussed on the design and delivery of sustainability-oriented competences. Some peer-reviewed articles have proposed different pedagogical approaches to better deliver SD in these courses; however, there has been limited research on the connection between how courses are delivered (pedagogical approaches) and how they may affect sustainability competences. This paper analyses competences and pedagogical approaches, using hermeneutics to connect these in a framework based on twelve competences and twelve pedagogical approaches found in the literature. The framework connects the course aims to delivery in HESD by highlighting the connections between pedagogical approaches and competences in a matrix structure. The framework is aimed at helping educators in creating and updating their courses to provide a more complete, holistic, and systemic sustainability education to future leaders, decision makers, educators, and change agents. To better develop mind-sets and actions of future generations, we must provide students with a complete set of sustainability competences.
Rodrigo Lozano, Professor, University of Gävle
Rodrigo is Professor and co-director of the Center of Logistics and Innovative Production at the University of Gävle, Sweden. He is a visiting professor at Central University of Technology, Bloemfontein, South Africa. He was Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Cleaner Production (impact factor for 2015: 4.959). He was previously Assistant Professor at the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University, the Netherlands, and programme leader of the BA Environment and Business at the Sustainability Research Institute, University of Leeds, UK. For over twenty years Rodrigo has been working towards Sustainability in NGO’s, universities, and corporations. His projects have ranged from chemical leasing, indoor-air quality and energy efficiency, to sustainability assessment and reporting, and to organisational change management. He has developed assessment tools such as the GRaphical Assessment of Sustainability Performance (GRASP), the Sustainability Tool for Assessing UNiversities Curricula Holistically (STAUNCH®) (shortlisted for the Times Higher Education Awards in 2008), and the Graphical Assessment for Sustainability in Universities (GASU™). Rodrigo holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering (graduated with honours) from Monterrey Tec, Mexico; a MSc in Environmental Management and Policy, from the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economies (IIIEE) at Lund University, Sweden; and a PhD on organisational change management for Corporate Sustainability at Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK. Rodrigo is also the managing director of Organisational Sustainability Ltd.
Francisco Lozano, Tecnologico de Monterrey
Francisco J. is a retired Professor from Tecnológico de Monterrey, México. He has experience in directing and managing groups in either production level, as well as administrative, research and development level. In Tecnológico de Monterrey, Monterrey Campus he has acted as: Director of the Centre for Clean Technology, Director of the Centre for Environmental Quality, teaching Chemical Engineering courses in undergraduate and graduate level since 1993. Coordinator for the Sustainable Campus Program from February 2002 to June 2009. Director for the Sustainable Campus Program since July 2009 to December 2013. Head of Chemical Engineering Department from August 2009 to June 2011. Since 2016 a member of the National Researchers System in Conacyt. Thirty publications in several peer-reviewed journals. Guest Editor for the triple special edition Journal of Cleaner Production, Vol. 14, Numbers 9-11, 2006. Guest Editor and coordinator for the Special Volume “New perspectives for sustainable resource and energy use, management and transformation: approaches from green and sustainable chemistry and engineering” Journal of Cleaner Production to be published. International Fora: Organising and attending several international fora in sustainability. Associations: American Institute of Chemical Engineers; American Society for Metals, American Foundrymen’s Society; Instituto Mexicano de Ingenieros Químicos; American Chemical Society. Regarding education Francisco has a B. Sc. in Chemical Engineering, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México; M. Sc. in Chemical Engineering, Imperial College of Science and Technology, London, England; PhD in Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, England.