Bridging Continents for a Sustainable Tomorrow: A Cross-Cultural Analysis of ESD in Higher Education

David Hanna, Hafiz Mudassir Rehman, Caroline Morrison, Andrew Kincaid, Francesca Enchang, Loi Min-Wei

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Abstract

As the world grapples with pressing environmental challenges, the role of higher education institutions (HEIs) in directly shaping sustainable development practices and education becomes increasingly critical. Taken from the perspective of educators, students, and practitioners, this research considers Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) from a holistic learning approach. In particular, critically examining how HEIs are embedding SDG goals into their teaching, with implications for curriculum design, non-formal teaching methods, and broader educational engagement.

Employing a novel transnational, cross-cultural approach, this paper explores the integration of sustainability in HEIs across Malaysia and the UK, offering a comparative analysis between developed and developing nations. Employing survey and focus group sessions as data collection methods, the research scrutinises how HEIs structure sustainability learning outcomes.

The study investigates course design approaches e.g. fostering discussions, utilising assignments, incorporating experiential learning through projects. The findings provide practical insights for HEIs, emphasising the necessity for diverse teaching practices and assessment strategies to advance ESD in HEIs globally. Notably, the study uncovers cross-cultural nuances, offering perspectives on sustainability education's varied impact. This research contributes valuable insights to the ongoing discourse on sustainability education, providing actionable recommendations for pedagogical improvements and skill development within HEIs.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - 11 Apr 2024
EventSymposium on Sustainability Teaching in Higher Education – Approaches, Methods and Perspectives - Manchester Metropolitan University, Grosvenor Building, Manchester , United Kingdom
Duration: 11 Apr 202411 Apr 2024
https://www.mmu.ac.uk/news-and-events/events/detail/?id=19990#:~:text=The%20event%20aims%20to%20address,in%20a%20higher%20education%20context.

Conference

ConferenceSymposium on Sustainability Teaching in Higher Education – Approaches, Methods and Perspectives
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityManchester
Period11/04/2411/04/24
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Keywords

  • Higher Education
  • Case Study
  • Holistic Learning
  • Formal Teaching
  • Non-Formal Teaching
  • Education Sustainable Development
  • Innovative Teaching Methods
  • curriculum design

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