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ESD professional learning through innovation projects in sustainability

Organisations: University of the Basque Country, Spain

Authors: Miren Onaindia, University of the Basque Country, Spain


This example is taken from the UE4SD Leading Practice Publication, 2015.

This grant scheme was established for developing the capacity of university educators in transforming educational change for sustainability via practical projects. Linked to the University of the Basque Country Strategic Plan, one of its main objectives is “to foster equality and development for sustainability in the university curriculum, both in its research and educational aspects”.

ESD Focus

In the projects, education based on local challenges regarding sustainability uses concepts of collaborator work encouraging: (1) critical thought, collaborative and participatory learning of students and academic staff, and (2) stimulating creativity and envisaging different alternatives for the future.

Professional Development Approach

The grant scheme encourages staff to actively engage in interdisciplinary groups, presenting their own projects in the context of ESD and thereby promoting a more collaborative way of working and learning. That contributes to PD of university educators in ESD via community and experienced-based learning.

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