Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Future Trends in Sustainable Development

  • Phyllis Margaret AraneoEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_318


Future trends in sustainable development can be defined as the trajectory of student and stakeholder initiative and involvement as related to drivers.

Introduction: SD in HE

Since Rachel Carson’s seminal publication, Silent Spring, there has been mounting interest and debate surrounding humanity’s role as conservator/steward of the natural environment. Escalating scientific evidence, rising negative personal environmental experiences, progressive increase in citizen consumer environmental consciousness, and international political attention to environmental issues have resulted in worldwide concern. Hence, SD/ESD have gained acceptance, import, and momentum in HEI.

Many factors affect this morphing field, including the multi-intercross-pluri and transdisciplinary nature of ESD, skills sets of stakeholders, stakeholders’ internal/external motivational domains, ability of curricula and pedagogy to instill positive futures possibilities, curricula content, pedagogic approach,...

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  1. 1.Faculty of Science, Health, Education and EngineeringUniversity of the Sunshine CoastSippy DownsAustralia

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  • Patrizia Lombardi
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  1. 1.Politecnico di TorinoTurinItaly