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Wilhelm, Sandra; Förster, Ruth; Zimmermann, Anne (2019). Implementing Competence Orientation: Towards Constructively Aligned Education for Sustainable Development in University-Level Teaching-And-Learning. Sustainability, 11(7), pp. 1891-1913. MDPI 10.3390/su11071891

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The call for integration of competences in tertiary education for sustainable development
(ESD) has been heard. Helpful competence models for ESD are available but little exists about how to put them into practice. As illustrated in this article in an initial review of competence models for change agency, this is not easy because competences are fundamentally context-bound and generalized models make little sense. Faculty staff who wish to foster competences for SD therefore need help with contextualising and operationalising competences. They often lack the pedagogic-didactic understanding needed to implement competence orientation in their teaching, in an institutional context where knowledge transmission is traditionally rated higher than competence development. Using a reflective practitioner approach, this paper addresses the need for methodological guidance by introducing a heuristic procedure and a didactic planning tool from adult education that enable lecturers to establish coherent ESD teaching-and-learning environments and curricula: the tree of science model and constructive alignment. Two case studies show how
these instruments can be used to increase coherence when operationalising competences for SD. The article concludes by outlining three factors that foster integration of competence orientation in ESD: pedagogic-didactic tools, professional development for ESD, and institutional change.

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Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

10 Strategic Research Centers > Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

UniBE Contributor:

Zimmermann, Anne

ISSN:

2071-1050

Publisher:

MDPI

Projects:

[807] Uni Bern, Projekt 7.9 (Bildung für Nachhaltige Entwicklung)
[806] Education for Sustainable Development

Language:

English

Submitter:

Stephan Schmidt

Date Deposited:

17 Jul 2019 18:00

Last Modified:

17 Jul 2019 18:00

Publisher DOI:

10.3390/su11071891

Uncontrolled Keywords:

competence orientation; tertiary education; ESD pedagogy; ESD teaching; constructive alignment; reflective practitioner approach

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.130703

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/130703

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