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Evaluating sustainability education: lessons from international development experience

Koehn, Peter ; Uitto, Juha

Higher Education, May 2014, Vol.67(5), pp.621-635 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    Evaluating sustainability education: lessons from international development experience
  • Author/Creator: Koehn, Peter ; Uitto, Juha
  • Language: English
  • Subjects: United States–Us ; Robinson, J ; Sustainable Development ; Climate Change ; Higher Education ; Colleges & Universities ; Outreach Programs ; Criteria ; Graduates ; Resource Mobilization ; Higher Education ; Higher Education ; United Nations Development Programme
  • Is Part Of: Higher Education, May 2014, Vol.67(5), pp.621-635
  • Description: Since the mid 1970s, a series of international declarations that recognize the critical link between environmental sustainability and higher education have been endorsed and signed by universities around the world. While academic initiatives in sustainability are blossoming, higher education lacks a comprehensive evaluation framework that is specifically tailored to the challenges of assessing sustainability programs. The article elaborates a novel framework for assessing the diverse set of higher-education curricular, research, and community-outreach programs devoted to sustainability based on critical review of quantitative- and qualitative-evaluation methods and on lessons drawn from experience in international development. The proposed multidimensional evaluation framework links process, outputs, outcomes, impacts, and continuous programmatic improvement based on sustained, contextually relevant observations. It engages three core purposes: management evaluation, capacity- and capability-development...
  • Identifier: ISSN: 0018-1560 ; E-ISSN: 1573-174X ; DOI: 10.1007/s10734-013-9669-x