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Managing Diversity: The Challenges of Inter-University Cooperation in Sustainability Education

Činčera, Jan and Mikusinski, Grzegorz and Binka, Bohuslav and Calafate, Luís and Calheiro, Cristina and Cardoso, Alexandra and Hedblom, Marcus and Jones, Michael and Koutsouris, Alex and Vasconcelos, Clara and Iwińska, Katarzyna (2019). Managing Diversity: The Challenges of Inter-University Cooperation in Sustainability Education. Sustainability. 11 , 1-16
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Abstract

One of the main challenges in sustainability discourse is its multifaceted nature often requiring that many different disciplines must cooperate in order to achieve progress. This issue also concerns sustainability education. In the article, we highlighted the experiences from the international cooperation of university teachers and researchers with highly diverse professional backgrounds who worked together on developing educational materials for university students in sustainability-oriented courses. The study is based on qualitative, participatory evaluation research, applying two rounds of open-ended questionnaires distributed to the same respondents (n = 18). For the analysis, we used the open-coding procedure for identifying the main categories. The results show some of the opportunities and barriers that emerged in the process of this cooperation. In particular, we discuss the issues related to the high heterogeneity of the group, such as the clashes of the different perspectives on the topics covered, group dynamics issues, trust, facilitation challenges, and also opportunities that such heterogeneity offers. We highlight the importance of open reflectivity in sustainability-oriented educational projects as the key to their successful implementation. Finally, we believe that results of this participatory study are useful in designing new projects aiming at further improvement of academic education in sustainability and sustainable development.

Authors/Creators:Činčera, Jan and Mikusinski, Grzegorz and Binka, Bohuslav and Calafate, Luís and Calheiro, Cristina and Cardoso, Alexandra and Hedblom, Marcus and Jones, Michael and Koutsouris, Alex and Vasconcelos, Clara and Iwińska, Katarzyna
Title:Managing Diversity: The Challenges of Inter-University Cooperation in Sustainability Education
Year of publishing :2019
Volume:11
Page range:1-16
Number of Pages:16
Publisher:MDPI
ISSN:2071-1050
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Refereed:Yes
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 503 Educational Sciences
Keywords:international cooperation, higher education institutions, European project, educational resources, sustainability, diversity
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-102072
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-102072
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Type of IDID
DOI10.3390/su11205610
ID Code:16386
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(NL, NJ) > Swedish Biodiversity Centre
(S) > Dept. of Forest Resource Management
(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Forest Resource Management

(S) > School for Forest Management
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:14 Nov 2019 10:13
Metadata Last Modified:14 Nov 2019 10:13

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