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Edith Cowan University

2013

Physical Sciences and Mathematics

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Surviving And Sustaining Teaching Excellence: A Narrative Of ‘Entrapment’, Heather Sparrow Feb 2013

Surviving And Sustaining Teaching Excellence: A Narrative Of ‘Entrapment’, Heather Sparrow

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"This paper discusses the key concepts of ‘surviving’ and ‘sustaining’ in the context of teaching excellence in contemporary universities, and reports the findings emerging from a work-in-progress study of Award Winning Teachers. It provides evidence that teachers recognized for their passion, commitment and expertise in teaching, work well beyond their paid hours to achieve excellence. Most become ‘entrapped’ in a culture of over-work that can have a negative impact on their lives and well-being. Factors that influence ‘teaching sustainability’ are presented, to support university teachers, administrators and managers in thinking about ways to improve the teaching and learning environment for ...


Environmental And Social Sustainability Impacts Of Teaching And Research: Some Ideas, Rowena H. Scott Feb 2013

Environmental And Social Sustainability Impacts Of Teaching And Research: Some Ideas, Rowena H. Scott

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"One aim of Australia’s 2009 National Action Plan for Education for Sustainability is to equip all Australians with the awareness, knowledge, skills, values and motivation to live sustainably in order that future generations can meet their needs. Despite the efforts of ECU Green Office Program, their brief is not to address curriculum issues so consequently this paper aims to be a starting point for discussions that examine how we at Edith Cowan University teach and conduct research that considers their environmental, social, cultural and economic implications. This paper focuses on two main issues: how ECU units teach in environmentally ...


Sustainability Education, Or Educating Sustainably?, Angus Stewart Feb 2013

Sustainability Education, Or Educating Sustainably?, Angus Stewart

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"Many universities teach programs in sustainable energy, but should they be incorporating theories and practice of sustainability across many disciplines? The argument is proposed that institutes of higher education should be primary vehicles of change in our transition towards a sustainable future. It is discussed that this can occur at the institutional and curriculum level. Integrating concepts of sustainability within a biomedical discipline area is discussed with strategies exemplified to lift awareness within student groups and for teaching and support staff."


Sustainability, Survival And Engagement: Implications For Curriculum And Pedagogy In Social Professions, Trudi Cooper, Rowena H. Scott Feb 2013

Sustainability, Survival And Engagement: Implications For Curriculum And Pedagogy In Social Professions, Trudi Cooper, Rowena H. Scott

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"The purpose of this paper is primarily to provide conceptual discussion of the implications of social sustainability for higher education. In this paper we examine the implications of concepts of social sustainability, survival and engagement for university curriculum and pedagogy in social professions. The first part of this paper briefly discusses the implications of social sustainability for the vision of university education and curriculum in the context of current debates in higher education. The second part of this paper provides an example of successful methods to engage initially reluctant learners with analysis of political, social and ethical issues relevant to ...


Sustainable Curriculum, Sustainable University, Rowena H. Scott Feb 2013

Sustainable Curriculum, Sustainable University, Rowena H. Scott

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"Integrating the principles of sustainable development is a United Nations’ goal. One aim of Australia’s 2009 National Action Plan for Education for Sustainability is to equip all Australians with the awareness, knowledge, skills, values and motivation to live sustainably in order that future generations can meet their needs. Education is fundamental to enabling people to achieve this goal. Australian universities are starting to address these ideals. With many definitions of sustainability education, grown from environmental education in the 1970s, it is important to offer explanations for environmental, social, economic, cultural and corporate sustainability that show the broadness of the ...


Transformative Education For Sustainability Transition At Edith Cowan University: A Discussion Paper, Sandra Woolltorton Feb 2013

Transformative Education For Sustainability Transition At Edith Cowan University: A Discussion Paper, Sandra Woolltorton

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"Recently the Australian Government released a National Action Plan for sustainability education (DEWHA, 2009) that prescribes for universities a reorientation to sustainability through teaching and learning, research and campus management. It specifies a transformative approach to education, together with a whole‐of‐school, whole‐of‐system philosophy. In this paper I define ‘transformative education’ in the context of sustainability and discuss the implications of the National Action Plan for Edith Cowan University. I also conduct a reconnaissance of the sustainability websites of a small sample of international universities to consider the depth of their transformative approaches to teaching and learning ...


Tapping The Expertise Within, Geoff Swan Feb 2013

Tapping The Expertise Within, Geoff Swan

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"Universities have a wealth of academic expertise from a wide range of disciplines that can be utilised for students in the form of guest presentations. This paper describes successful guest presentations in nuclear radiation that were given to students enrolled in environmental and security degree courses. Each presentation consisted of fundamental nuclear radiation science, human applications, in-context examples and discussions. Student feedback and evaluation was overwhelmingly positive with students giving high overall satisfaction rates for presentations they regarded as useful and relevant. The role of guest teaching in the wider context of tapping the expertise within institutions is also explored."