Vertically integrated projects for sustainable development : achieving transformational action by embedding research-based ESD in curricula

Strachan, Scott and Logan, Louise and Marshall, Stephen (2022) Vertically integrated projects for sustainable development : achieving transformational action by embedding research-based ESD in curricula. Environmental Sciences Proceedings, 15 (1). 63. ISSN 2673-4931 (https://doi.org/10.3390/environsciproc2022015063)

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Abstract

The University of Strathclyde’s flagship Vertically Integrated Projects for Sustainable Development (VIP4SD) program is embedded in the formal and informal curriculum and encourages students to work in partnership with experienced researchers and academics, and with their peers from different disciplines and across all year groups to create student-centered, SDG-focused research projects. The program is designed to develop the core competencies of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) through an immersive ‘real-world’ educational experience that aims to provide a “transformative learning environment” that enable students to engage in “transformative action” through ESD , and so not only “prepare our students for the world of work, but to tackle the work of the world” . It does this by embedding ESD in curricula through the use of Research (or Inquiry)-Based Education (RBE or IBE). The paper will explore Strathclyde’s experience, and the challenges it has encountered, in taking the program from pilot to mainstream and how this has inspired a whole institution approach to embedding ESD more generally in Strathclyde curricula

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Strachan, Scott ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2690-496X, Logan, Louise ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3069-8898 and Marshall, Stephen ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7079-5628;