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Exploring ways for experts & students to ‘connect’ in Education for Sustainable Development

Brezet, Karin LU (2009) In IIIEE Master thesis IMEN41 20092
The International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics
Abstract
High school educators and administrators are increasingly concerned about educating and
engaging their students in sustainability issues. Consequently, curricula in many schools are
being redesigned in order to focus upon these issues and their consequences. This thesis
describes a project, ‘Scholen voor Duurzaamheid’ (Schools for Sustainability, SvD), that is
being used as a springboard in Dutch high schools to gain experience in Education for
Sustainable Development (ESD) and investigate how Information & Communication
Technology (ICT)-tools can support the effective integration of experts’ tacit knowledge in
the classroom. Changing roles of both ICT and experts form two of the golden threads
throughout this thesis.
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High school educators and administrators are increasingly concerned about educating and
engaging their students in sustainability issues. Consequently, curricula in many schools are
being redesigned in order to focus upon these issues and their consequences. This thesis
describes a project, ‘Scholen voor Duurzaamheid’ (Schools for Sustainability, SvD), that is
being used as a springboard in Dutch high schools to gain experience in Education for
Sustainable Development (ESD) and investigate how Information & Communication
Technology (ICT)-tools can support the effective integration of experts’ tacit knowledge in
the classroom. Changing roles of both ICT and experts form two of the golden threads
throughout this thesis.
This thesis author first connected the different underlying theoretical aspects of the three
main areas through the construction of a conceptual model. This model helped the author to
organize the different theories of the literature review into a logical manner and led to the
creation of different propositions, which were used to focus and guide the empirical data
gathering.
Case studies were performed both in high schools that participated in the SvD project and in
ESD programmes which offer courses through the use of ICT and are planning to offer or are
offering the possibility for students to get in contact with experts. Examination of these cases
was designed to assess if the contributions of experts are considered to be valuable for the
educational process and if they help to achieve the desired student learning outcomes.
Secondly, the thesis author looked into the way experts are contacted with the help of ICT.
Thirdly, several anticipated difficulties were examined that could arise through the use of ICTtools
and how to overcome those challenges; keeping in mind that there are communication
differences between students and experts.
The findings of the research helped this thesis author to prepare several recommendations for
actors (in this case with regard to: non-governmental organizations (NGOs), students, high
school educators and experts) that are involving, or may wish to involve experts and ICT in
improving the effectivity of high school ESD education. (Less)
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author
Brezet, Karin LU
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IMEN41 20092
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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IIIEE Master thesis
report number
2009:02
ISSN
1401-9191
language
English
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1734850
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  abstract     = {High school educators and administrators are increasingly concerned about educating and
engaging their students in sustainability issues. Consequently, curricula in many schools are
being redesigned in order to focus upon these issues and their consequences. This thesis
describes a project, ‘Scholen voor Duurzaamheid’ (Schools for Sustainability, SvD), that is
being used as a springboard in Dutch high schools to gain experience in Education for
Sustainable Development (ESD) and investigate how Information & Communication
Technology (ICT)-tools can support the effective integration of experts’ tacit knowledge in
the classroom. Changing roles of both ICT and experts form two of the golden threads
throughout this thesis.
This thesis author first connected the different underlying theoretical aspects of the three
main areas through the construction of a conceptual model. This model helped the author to
organize the different theories of the literature review into a logical manner and led to the
creation of different propositions, which were used to focus and guide the empirical data
gathering.
Case studies were performed both in high schools that participated in the SvD project and in
ESD programmes which offer courses through the use of ICT and are planning to offer or are
offering the possibility for students to get in contact with experts. Examination of these cases
was designed to assess if the contributions of experts are considered to be valuable for the
educational process and if they help to achieve the desired student learning outcomes.
Secondly, the thesis author looked into the way experts are contacted with the help of ICT.
Thirdly, several anticipated difficulties were examined that could arise through the use of ICTtools
and how to overcome those challenges; keeping in mind that there are communication
differences between students and experts.
The findings of the research helped this thesis author to prepare several recommendations for
actors (in this case with regard to: non-governmental organizations (NGOs), students, high
school educators and experts) that are involving, or may wish to involve experts and ICT in
improving the effectivity of high school ESD education.},
  author       = {Brezet, Karin},
  issn         = {1401-9191},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  series       = {IIIEE Master thesis},
  title        = {Exploring ways for experts & students to ‘connect’ in Education for Sustainable Development},
  year         = {2009},
}