Designing sustainability curricula: a case following chemical engineering curriculum redesign

Sheehan, Madoc (2014) Designing sustainability curricula: a case following chemical engineering curriculum redesign. In: Thomas, Ken D., and Muga, Helen E., (eds.) Handbook of Research on Pedagogical Innovations for Sustainable Development. Practice, Progress and Proficiency in Sustainability . IGI Global, Hershey, PA, USA, pp. 474-493.

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Abstract

Developing an engineering student's awareness of sustainability through the embedding of sustainability curricula is widely considered to be essential to modernising chemical engineering degree programs. In this chapter, the chemical engineering program at James Cook University is used as a case study to illustrate the design and sequencing of embedded curricula associated with developing a students' awareness of sustainability. There are a wide range of examples of skills, techniques, and characteristics associated with developing this awareness. In this chapter, an approach is described whereby a set of generic and interdisciplinary capabilities are developed to provide a degree of flexibility in how sustainability is interpreted and taught. A cognitive learning matrix is utilised as a design tool that facilitates determination of new subject learning outcomes aligned with the sustainability capabilities. A variety of curriculum examples are introduced and described.

Item ID: 36783
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-4666-5856-1
Keywords: sustainability, curriculum design, education, chemical engineering
Date Deposited: 22 May 2015 05:35
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy @ 40%
13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development @ 40%
09 ENGINEERING > 0915 Interdisciplinary Engineering > 091599 Interdisciplinary Engineering not elsewhere classified @ 20%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy @ 30%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development @ 70%
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