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"Sustainability" in higher education: From doublethink and newspeak to critical thinking and meaningful learning

"Sustainability" in higher education: From doublethink and newspeak to critical thinking and... It is higher education's responsibility to continuously challenge and critique value and knowledge claims that have prescriptive tendencies. Part of this responsibility lies in engaging students in socio-scientific disputes. The ill-defined nature of sustainability manifests itself in such disputes when conflicting values, norms, interests, and reality constructions meet. This makes sustainability - its need for contextualization and the debate surrounding it - pivotal for higher education. It offers an opportunity for reflection on the mission of our universities and colleges, but also a chance to enhance the quality of the learning process. This paper explores both the overarching goals and process of higher education from an emancipatory view and with regard to sustainability. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education Emerald Publishing

"Sustainability" in higher education: From doublethink and newspeak to critical thinking and meaningful learning

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2002 MCB UP Ltd. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1467-6370
DOI
10.1108/14676370210434688
Publisher site
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Abstract

It is higher education's responsibility to continuously challenge and critique value and knowledge claims that have prescriptive tendencies. Part of this responsibility lies in engaging students in socio-scientific disputes. The ill-defined nature of sustainability manifests itself in such disputes when conflicting values, norms, interests, and reality constructions meet. This makes sustainability - its need for contextualization and the debate surrounding it - pivotal for higher education. It offers an opportunity for reflection on the mission of our universities and colleges, but also a chance to enhance the quality of the learning process. This paper explores both the overarching goals and process of higher education from an emancipatory view and with regard to sustainability.

Journal

International Journal of Sustainability in Higher EducationEmerald Publishing

Published: Sep 1, 2002

Keywords: Higher education; Learning

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