Education for Sustainability: Reflections on the Efficacy of Integrative Studies Courses in an Undergraduate Degree
This paper assesses the effectiveness of Integrative studies in the development of systems thinking to support the integration of ideas across disciplines and activities, required to support sustainability.
||education for sustainability, systems thinking, integration
International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp.31-38.
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I have postgraduate degrees in plant biology and biochemistry. I started my career as a horticultural research scientist with the New Zealand government research organsiation. After 11 years in this role I moved to the food industry where I became involved in quality assurance, risk analysis and sustainable business practices. In the mid 1990's I jioned Unitec as a lecturer in ecology and plant biology. I subsequently spent eight years as Dean of the Faculty of Health and Environmetal Sciences. During this time I facilitated the development of Unitec's Environmental Policy, based on the principles of Agenda 21, and assited in the development of an undergradaute degree in resource management, which was also developed to support education for sustainable development. In 2004 I returned to full time teaching and research in the Resource Management degree.
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