The wheel of fortune as a novel support for constructive alignment and transformative sustainability learning in higher education

Noy, Susan, Capetola, Teresa and Patrick, Rebecca 2021, The wheel of fortune as a novel support for constructive alignment and transformative sustainability learning in higher education, International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, pp. 1-16, doi: 10.1108/IJSHE-08-2020-0289.

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Title The wheel of fortune as a novel support for constructive alignment and transformative sustainability learning in higher education
Author(s) Noy, SusanORCID iD for Noy, Susan orcid.org/0000-0003-2115-5290
Capetola, TeresaORCID iD for Capetola, Teresa orcid.org/0000-0002-9913-5452
Patrick, RebeccaORCID iD for Patrick, Rebecca orcid.org/0000-0002-5537-243X
Journal name International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education
Start page 1
End page 16
Total pages 16
Publisher Emerald
Place of publication Bingley, Eng.
Publication date 2021
ISSN 1467-6370
Keyword(s) Sustainability higher education
Transformative learning
Constructive alignment
Systems thinking
Innovation
Case study
Interdisciplinary
Summary PurposeEducation for Sustainability in Higher Education (ESHE) sits within and across disciplinary settings that share the need for a framework that provides a basis for pedagogy, assessment and learning outcomes (Kalsoom, 2019). ESHE strives to create transformative learning spaces that help students gain the knowledge and skills they need to understand and contribute to shaping a world based on communities living within the limits of earth’s resources. This paper aims to offer a novel solution to the challenge of teaching students from different disciplines struggling with the complexity of sustainability.Design/methodology/approachThe paper explores the development of an interdisciplinary subject designed for undergraduate students from four faculties. It presents a case study of pedagogy that moves away from three pillars/concentric circles approaches towards practices based in systems thinking and interactive transformative learning. It describes the iterative process of developing and implementing an infographic: the “Sustainability Wheel of Fortune” (Wheel), to support constructive alignment of content, assessment tasks and learning outcomes.FindingsThe Wheel provides a holistic, interconnected and dynamic focus for framing content and teaching. The pedagogy aligns with sustainability competencies, builds in flexibility in response to changing times and student experiences and provides teachers and students with a common framework for interrogating the possibilities for sustainable futures.Originality/valueThe Wheel is a novel learning tool for contemporary sustainability education. It captures key elements of approaches to and concepts about sustainability, visually reinforces the idea of a holistic interconnected approach and provides a framework that supports the constructive pedagogy of an interdisciplinary sustainability subject.
Language eng
DOI 10.1108/IJSHE-08-2020-0289
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Field of Research 05 Environmental Sciences
13 Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30152259

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