Experiences of ‘Reflective Action’: Forging Links Between Student Informal Activity and Curriculum Learning for Sustainability

Chris J Willmore, Hannah M Tweddell

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Abstract

This paper uses research carried out at Bristol to explore ‘reflective action’ as a tool for building
relationships between formal curricular structures, informal activity by students and the community to
enable sustainability education to engage both theoretical understanding and practical experience. It
explores the synergies available when activity can move between the formal curriculum and student
activity outside of their formal studies and looks at the benefits and challenges for institutions who have
sought to bring engaged student activity focussed upon real world problems into formal learning to provide
active learning for sustainability. It reflects on the impacts students perceive this to have on the community
in which the University is situated and the university: community relationship.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransformative Approaches to Sustainable Development at Universities
Subtitle of host publicationWorld Sustainability Series
EditorsWalter Leal Filho
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
PublisherSpringer International Publishing AG
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-08836-5
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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