1st Edition

Social Responsibility and Sustainability Multidisciplinary Perspectives Through Service Learning

Edited By Tracy McDonald Copyright 2012
    270 Pages
    by Routledge

    270 Pages
    by Routledge

    This concluding volume in the series presents the work of faculty who have been moved to make sustainability the focus of their work, and to use service learning as one method of teaching sustainability to their students. The chapters in the opening section of this book – Environmental Awareness – offer models for opening students to the awareness of the ecological aspects of sustainability, and of the interdependence of the ecosystem with human and with institutional decisions and behavior; and illustrate how they, in turn, can share that awareness with the community.The second section – Increasing Civic Engagement – explores means for fostering commitment to community service and experiencing the capacity to effect change.The concluding section – Sustainability Concepts in Business and Economics – addresses sustainability within the business context, with emphasis on the “triple bottom line”—the achievement of profitability through responsible environmental practice and respect for all stakeholders in the enterprise.

    Acknowledgments Foreword—Robert A. Corrigan About This Series—Gerald S. Eisman Activity/Methodology Table Contributors Introduction—Tracy McDonald Section One. Environmental Awareness 1. Reconnecting to Land, People, and Community. Ecological Lessons From the Puebla-Alberta Community Service Exchange—Hans-Dittmar Mündel and Karsten Mündel 2. Integrating Sustainability and Service Learning into the Science Curriculum—Susan Sutheimer and Jesse Pyles 3. Sustainability Education Through an Interdisciplinary and Service-Learning Approach—Alison K. Varty , Shane C. Lishawa, Nancy Tuchman Section Two. Increasing Civic Engagement 4. What’s the Matter with American Democracy? Responding by Embracing Civic Engagement and Sustainability—Scott G. McNall 5. Sustainability Starts at Home. A Hybrid Service-Learning Model for Teaching Environmental Sustainability—J. Marshall Eames and Jeremy Brooks 6. Learning By Doing Across Disciplines. Activism, Environmental Awareness and Civic Engagement—Cheryl Swift and Sal Johnston 7. From Wolves to Wind Power. Fostering Student Understanding of Science, Stewardship, and Civic Engagement—Karen Whitehead and Mary Kay Helling 8. Multiculturalism and Sustainability Education. Engagement with Urban School Communities via Food and Learning Gardens—Dilafruz Williams Section Three. Sustainability Concepts in Business and Economics 9. Building Bridges and Social Capital through Service-Learning. A Blueprint Model—Curtis L. DeBerg 10. Sustainable Design Practices for the Social Entrepreneurial Business—Connie Ulasewicz 11. Teaching Sustainable Rural Economic Development Using Service-Learning Pedagogy—Beth Wilson Index


    Robert A. Corrigan is President, San Francisco State University. Gerald S. Eisman is the Acting Director of the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement at San Francisco State University.

    "This collection of 11 essays promotes the connection between civic engagement, sustainability and environmental restoration. Divided into three sections, the essays cover how to cultivate environmental awareness in students and their communities, the importance of service-learning as a means of participating in a democratic society, and sustainable business practices (the so-called "triple bottom line"). The essays all stress service-learning in the context of educational institutions and the compatibility of making-money and acting socially responsible. The contributors are mostly professors of education, sociology, environmentally relevant science, business and management."

    Book News Inc.

    "Case studies include a course that combined freshman writing with environmental mangagement, and a program in which college students worked with schoolchildren to grow food in urban "learning gardens"."

    The Chronicle of Higher Ed