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What the willow teaches: Sustainability learning as craft

Molly Scott Cato

Whilst the importance of mainstreaming sustainability in higher education curricula is now widely acknowledged, the challenge for educators at university level is to develop and maintain authority and confidence in an area dominated by limited knowledge and uncertainty. This article suggests that the most empowering and authentic response is to adopt an approach of shared learning, but with the pedagogue demonstrating expertise and inspiration. I suggest that this is an approach to learning and teaching more familiar in areas of craft learning, characterised by apprenticeship and learning-by-doing. The article relies heavily on the work of Richard Sennett in providing a sociological account of craft learning, which is then applied to the field of sustainability. I explore how his three modes of instruction – 'sympathetic illustration', 'narrative' and 'metaphor' – are being used in the field of sustainability education, and draw parallels from the craft of basket weaving in particular, to show how these approaches might be developed. I conclude by suggesting that sustainability education is best undertaken within a community and in place, rather than abstractly and in the classroom.

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Becoming a global citizen?

Developing community-facing learning in the social sciences

Jane Booth

leadership capable of designing new futures. The designers of social science curricula should seek solutions to social problems through ‘a collaborative, iterative process of shared learning, rather than distanced and linear’ processes ( Campbell and

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Democracy in a Global Emergency

Five Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic

Afsoun Afsahi, Emily Beausoleil, Rikki Dean, Selen A. Ercan, and Jean-Paul Gagnon

. The global spread of the virus has created a unique opportunity for shared learning around the world. Citizens, communities, and governments everywhere have been faced with the same urgent task of limiting the spread of COVID-19. This has led to

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Climate Change and Resilience Perspectives

Brazilian Museums and Their Challenges

Marcus Vinicius Rosário da Silva and Sheila Walbe Ornstein

desired, and a constant practice of shared learning between institutions. Implementing the above proposition would allow for broader sharing of best practices adopted in museums. It would stimulate the systemic adoption of sustainable practices

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Learning in Collaborative Moments

Practising Relating Differently with Dementia in Dialogue Meetings

Silke Hoppe, Laura Vermeulen, Annelieke Driessen, Els Roding, Marije de Groot, and Kristine Krause

newcomers who were not yet familiar with the shared learning that had taken place, the organisers realised that it was crucial to strike a balance between presenting general knowledge (analytical work, an overview of findings, or a literature review) and

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NGOs for a Shared Society in Israel

Wurud Jayusi and Adi Binhas

projects: Education for a Shared Life, from which comes the shared learning project … The whole issue of education is the stronger one and this is manifested in large budgets. The emphasis is on getting to know cultures, encouraging Arab students to study

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Exploring the Digital Revolution in Education in India during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Shivi Grover and Leemamol Mathew

networks allow teachers to voluntarily engage in shared learning, reflect on their teaching practice, and receive emotional support ( Macià and Gracia 2016 ). As teachers managed these turbulent times they were also dependent on informal channels for

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Pollution, Health, and Disaster

Emerging Contributions in Ethnographic Research

Alexa S. Dietrich

have not yet read 70 years of social science research on disasters ( Tierney 2020 ). As a relative newcomer to disaster research explicitly framed as such, I have great empathy for the potentially steep, and shared, learning curve represented in this