Workshop: Higher Education for Sustainable Development Part 2
- Monday, April 30, 2018 from 11:30am to 1:00pm
- Strand Union Building, 168 - view map
Higher Education for Sustainable Development Part 2: researching and understanding change
Description: this workshop builds upon Part 1. It is designed to be of interest particularly to teachers and researchers in higher education committed to researching processes of change as higher education addresses its educational responsibilities towards a sustainable future.
The workshop will initially explore the nature of critical thinking: its role in guiding the beliefs and actions of learners; educational processes that could build learners' dispositions to think critically; and potential mismatch between traditional interpretations of 'education for sustainability' and 'education for critical thinking'. We ask, if critical thinking does not result in sustainability thinking, which is preferable? The workshop will go on to explore the responsibilities of those higher education institutions that advocate for sustainability to monitor their impact on student learning and the research processes that could be used to undertake this monitoring. Participants in the workshop will help to design research instruments and processes that could help higher education institutions to understand their impact on the thinking and sustainability attributes of their students.
Facilitator: Professor Kerry Shephard
Workshop reading: Shephard, K. (2015) Higher Education for Sustainable Development. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan,. DOI: 10.1057/ 9781137548412
Professor Kerry Shephard is Professor of Higher Education Development at the University of Otago, New Zealand. Kerry teaches university teachers about higher education and finds out how to do this by researching higher education himself. His area of interest lies in the affective domain of attitudes, values, dispositions and behaviours. Kerry is interested in how learners acquire these attributes; how teachers contribute to their acquisition, deliberately or not; how universities assess or evaluate them; how they influence the choices that students make after graduation; and how we can research them. Kerry's current research addresses ‘education for sustainability’, ‘academic integrity’ and ‘global citizenship'. As higher education grapples with massification, commercialisation and its role as ‘critic and conscience of society’ it needs to address how it impacts on future citizens. Kerry's research aims to help higher education understand what it is currently doing, why it may need to change and perhaps how to do it. His research approaches include both qualitative and quantitative methodologies (including large-scale statistically-interpreted surveys) to collect empirical data. Kerry is a regular reviewer for several higher education journals and Section Editor-in-Chief for the education section of the open access journal Sustainability.
- Montana Engineering Education Research Center (MEERC)