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Morgridge College of Education, Teaching and Learning Sciences, Curriculum and Instruction
Higher education, Informal education, Non-formal education, Transformative sustainability education, University
The Climate Crisis is an urgent and inescapable reality students are thrust into. Learners must be prepared adequately for their futures, not only for their sakes but also because collective and transformative change is required. Transformative sustainability education provides one pathway to this transformation and focuses on radically altering students’ perceptions about the world and their agency in effecting change on ecological issues. The field of transformative sustainability education is emergent and thus is still fragmented, leaving gaps in the literature. Little research has been conducted on how informal and nonformal university spaces can be used to create transformative experiences for learners, and the field tends to neglect the process of learning while focusing on learning outcomes of transformative sustainability education. This study sought to close these gaps by using educational criticism and connoisseurship to explore the experiences of undergraduate students placed in an informal sustainability internship program at their university. This study demonstrated the transformative power of allowing students to learn from one another in diverse informal settings. It also provided a complete picture of transformative sustainability education, one considering both the process of learning and learning outcomes for students.
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Brannon, Derek, "Do-It-Together: Informal Transformative Sustainability Education" (2023). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 2337.
Sustainability, Higher education, Environmental education