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Teaching against the grain: multi‐disciplinary teamwork effectively delivers a successful undergraduate unit in sustainable development

Teaching against the grain: multi‐disciplinary teamwork effectively delivers a successful... A team‐taught interdisciplinary undergraduate unit in Sustainable Development has been developed and run over the past two years at the University of Bristol. This has been a unique initiative for this university to take. As in most other research‐intensive higher education institutions, teaching generally follows rather traditional disciplinary conventions, operating within departmental bounds. The initiative was unusual – and indeed ambitious – enough to gain the Higher Education Environmental Performance Improvement (HEEPI) Green Gown Award in teaching for 2007 (HEEPI is a project supported by the Higher Education Founding Council for England; http://www.heepi.org.uk/green_gown_awards.htm). There are both challenges and pleasures in designing and delivering a team‐taught unit in a traditional university setting. This experience is outlined and evaluated here, giving consideration to both the practical and the more fundamentally philosophical issues encountered in the process. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Environmental Education Research Taylor & Francis

Teaching against the grain: multi‐disciplinary teamwork effectively delivers a successful undergraduate unit in sustainable development

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Publisher
Taylor & Francis
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Copyright Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
ISSN
1469-5871
eISSN
1350-4622
DOI
10.1080/13504620802278811
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Abstract

A team‐taught interdisciplinary undergraduate unit in Sustainable Development has been developed and run over the past two years at the University of Bristol. This has been a unique initiative for this university to take. As in most other research‐intensive higher education institutions, teaching generally follows rather traditional disciplinary conventions, operating within departmental bounds. The initiative was unusual – and indeed ambitious – enough to gain the Higher Education Environmental Performance Improvement (HEEPI) Green Gown Award in teaching for 2007 (HEEPI is a project supported by the Higher Education Founding Council for England; http://www.heepi.org.uk/green_gown_awards.htm). There are both challenges and pleasures in designing and delivering a team‐taught unit in a traditional university setting. This experience is outlined and evaluated here, giving consideration to both the practical and the more fundamentally philosophical issues encountered in the process.

Journal

Environmental Education ResearchTaylor & Francis

Published: Aug 1, 2008

Keywords: multi‐disciplinarity; team‐teaching curriculum development

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