Higher Education for Sustainability

Seeking Intellectual Independence in Aotearoa New Zealand

  • Kerry Shephard

Part of the Education for Sustainability book series (EDFSU)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Exploring Our Practices

  3. Researching Our Practices

  4. Changing Our Practices

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 157-163

About this book


This book explores how higher education and sustainability interact in New Zealand, and argues that higher education at present may be contributing as much to unsustainability as it does to sustainability. It considers how education, and higher education in particular, works alongside a wide range of other life experiences to impact individuals’ attitudes and actions. In turn, it envisions a form of higher education that supports graduates to decide what their contribution to a sustainable future will be. This book addresses those aspects of higher education that are best suited to fostering the development of students’ abilities and dispositions to think deeply, critically and independently about the world, and how higher education will know if it is on the right track if it chooses this path.


Education for sustainability higher education for sustainability sustainability education environmental education higher education roles and responsibilities critical thinking intellectual independence academic development

Authors and affiliations

  • Kerry Shephard
    • 1
  1. 1.Higher Education Development CentreUniversity of OtagoDunedinNew Zealand

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-981-15-1939-0
  • Online ISBN 978-981-15-1940-6
  • Series Print ISSN 2367-1769
  • Series Online ISSN 2367-1777
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