Copernicus: Education for Sustainability: Building Capacity in Higher Education

Chris J Willmore (Speaker)

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Institutional clarity or embedded diverse sustainability education? Overcoming fear: language and the embedding of sustainabilityThis paper focuses upon the way in which institutional approaches to ESD affect the prospects for embedding ESD within programmes of study. It argues that a non prescriptive approach reduces staff fears of being expected to ‘ teach values’ or knowledge . It explores the Bristol ‘ open’ approach which works from an open textured map to support diverse staff approaches; and looks in particular at the importance of language to this. But it asks the question – this may produce more embedded action – but what is sacrificed in terms of coherence or visibility – as far as students and stakeholders are concerned? Is there a risk of students encountering more sustainability education but not realising it? The paper will use Bristol’s experience as a case study to look at the tensions between clear whole institution approaches and embedded diverse sustainability education.
Period3 Oct 2014
Event typeConference
LocationPrague, Czech Republic


  • education for sustainable development
  • language
  • ebedded diverse sustainability education
  • higher education
  • pedagogy