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Developing a scalable sustainability education model

Developing a scalable sustainability education model through refinement, expansion, and iterative assessment
In year one (2017), K-12 teachers in Ireland, Germany, Mexico, and the United States participated in Continuing Professional Development (CPD) focused on increasing teachers’ competence and confidence in teaching about sustainability, taking into consideration impacts on students’ learning outcomes.

In year two (2018), the project will scale the K-12 CPD model, broadening its reach to a new cohort of teachers and students. Through a novel evaluation process, the team is exploring the impact of sustainability CPD on the pupils of the participating teachers. The team will also explore how content can be adapted and implemented in universities to build capacity in faculty in order to improve the integration of sustainability concepts into content courses and the teaching of sustainability across curricula.

With support from GCSO, researchers at Leuphana University Lüneburg, Dublin City University, and the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey will build on year one outcomes to refine the CPD program and establish a globally scalable CPD approach to be implemented with teachers in locations around the globe.

GCSO Participants:
Leuphana University Lüneburg (LUL)

  1. Matthias Barth, Faculty of Sustainability, Institute of Integrative Studies
  2. Erin Redman, Faculty of Sustainability, Institute of Integrative Studies

Kira Cieslewicz, Institute of Integrative Studies

  1. Lydia Katerwet, Institute of Integrative Studies
  2. Kirsten Bruhn, Institute of Integrative Studies
  3. Daniel Lang, Faculty of Sustainability, Institute for Ethics and Transdisciplinary Sustainability Research

Dublin City University (DCU)

  1. Cliona Murphy, School of STEM Education, Innovation & Global Studies
  2. Greg Smith, School of STEM Education, Innovation & Global Studies
  3. Orla Kelly, School of STEM Education, Innovation & Global Studies
  4. Ben Mallon, School of STEM Education, Innovation & Global Studies
  5. Greg Hughes (Rep), Vice President of Research and Innovation

Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM)

  1. Gabriella Ortiz Martínez, Sustainable Development Engineering
  2. Yasmany Mancilla, Sustainable Development Engineering
  3. Denisse Montserrat Kuri Rendón, Sustainable Development Engineering
  4. Jossue Lucas Jacobo, Sustainable Development Engineering
  5. Francisco José Lozano García, Sustainable Development Engineering
  6. Alberto Mendoza, Sustainable Development Engineering

Implementing Partners:

  • 8 schools in Santa Catarina, Nuevo León (Mexico)
  • 2 schools in Saltillo, Coahuila (Mexico)
  • 1 school in Lüneburg (Germany)
  • 1 school in Bendestorf (Germany)
  • 1 school in Adendorf (Germany)
  • 1 school in Papenburg (Germany)
  • 1 school in Uelzen (Germany)
  • 7 schools in Dublin (Ireland)
  • 1 school in Wicklow (Ireland)