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Education and Sustainability
Paradigms, Policies and Practices in Asia

ISBN 9781138681415
Published September 21, 2017 by Routledge
322 Pages 28 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book provides an introduction to the state of sustainability education in Asia. It covers national policies, institutional policies and practices within Asian universities, sustainability considerations for teacher training at schools of education, and pedagogical practices for sustainability in higher education. With contributors from universities and NGOs in Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Cambodia, India, China and South Korea, this volume brings together the best papers from a series of successful international conferences on post-secondary education for sustainability in Asia.

The book is organized into five parts:

• Part I focuses on paradigms for sustainability education

• Part II looks at sustainability education contexts, strategies and outcomes at the national level

• Part III gives examples of sustainability programs and strategies adopted at specific universities

• Part IV highlights sustainability education research from schools of education

• Part V explores specific examples of post-secondary educational practices in sustainability

Table of Contents

Notes on contributors
List of Figures
List of Tables

Part I.  Projects and Paradigms in Sustainability Education
1. Introduction: Education for Sustainability in Asian Contexts  
2. Sustainable Development: Concepts, Histories, and Paradigms
3. Economics Approaches to Sustainability: Methods and Applications  

Part II. National Policy on Sustainability Education       
4. Sustainability in Malaysian Research Universities’ Curricula and Their Effectiveness
5. Sustainability in Cambodia’s Higher Education System  
6. Sustainability Aspects of the Education System in India  
7. Sustainability Education in Korea    

Part III.  Policies, Practices and Programmes in Asian Universities
8. Sustainability Policy and Practices in Thai Higher Education   
9. Practices of Education for Sustainability in Renmin University of China  

Part IV. Sustainability in Asian Schools of Education
10. Indonesian Student Participation in Green Action Projects  
11. Climate Change and Sustainability Education: Singapore Teachers’ Perspectives    
12. Education for Sustainable Development in the Faculty of Education, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand    
13. Inquiring into Hong Kong Undergraduate Students' Environmental Attitudes and Behaviours: A Preliminary Study   

Part V. Practices in and out of the Higher Education Classroom      
14. A Case Study of Sustainable Landscape Architectural Design Studio Course at Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand  
15. Water Footprints: New Paradigms in Educating Environmental Sustainability in the Philippines
16. Enhancing University Students’ Community Engagement and Social Awareness through Residential College Whole-Person Development Programs under Partnership with Local Non-Governmental Organizations in Macau
17. Conclusion: The Current State of Higher Education for Sustainability in Monsoon Asia


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Michelle Y. Merrill is an independent researcher and consultant, and a member of the Advisory Board of the National Ecology and Environment Foundation (India,

Patricia Burkhardt-Holm is Professor in the Faculty of Science, associated with the Department of Environmental Sciences, and heads the interdisciplinary research group Man-Society-Environment at the University of Basel, Switzerland.

Chew-Hung Chang is Associate Dean, Office of Graduate Studies and Professional Learning; and Associate Professor, Humanities and Social Studies Education Academic Group, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Md Saidul Islam is Associate Professor of Sociology and Coordinator of the Environment and Sustainability Research Cluster, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Youngho Chang is Assistant Professor of Economics, Coordinator of the Environment and Sustainability Research Cluster, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.