Stories of Best Practice in Education for Sustainability (EfS)
The School of Social Sciences and Psychology would
like to talk to you if:
Are you teaching and/or coordinating a unit which includes any environmental, social, cultural and/or economic sustainability content?
You would like the opportunity to talk about what you are doing in your units?
You would like to know about what your academic colleagues are doing with sustainability ?
You have some ideas about how you could strengthen and support sustainability content, teaching and learning?
Associate Professor Debbie Horsfall and Andrew Horsfall
are working on a SURF-funded project seeking to
find out what the university is already doing, what is working and what creative and
innovative practices are being used to incorporate sustainability. Their aim is
to share examples of sustainability teaching and learning practice and to
launch a community of practice and education for sustainability (EfS).
What will I be asked to do?
Participate in a semi structured interview either in your office or in a university meeting room. The interview will be audio recorded. While we would prefer a face to face interview if this is not convenient for you we can arrange a Skype interview. We will send you a copy of the interview schedule prior to our meeting. We will also ask your permission to use your current learning guides as examples of what you are doing in teaching about sustainability. We would also like to use examples of best practice that we identify via interview in a forum on Stories of Best Practice in Education for Sustainability (EfS). You will also be invited to attend this forum.
How much of my time will I need to give?
Approximately 90 minutes.
What specific benefits will I receive for participating?
There are no direct benefits for participating. However sharing examples of your practice in this area may be useful for you and help in building a community of practice where you may also learn from other people's practices.
Will the study involve any discomfit for me? If so, what will you do to rectify it?
As we are only collecting positive stories about your teaching practice we do not anticipate that this will cause you any discomfort.
However, we cannot guarantee your privacy in this study, as it is easy to link unit coordinators names to the units we will be discussing and showcasing.
How do you intend to publish the results?
Please be assured that only the researchers will have access to the raw data you provide. The findings of the research will be published in a final report to the Office of Sustainability and a journal article.
Can I withdraw from the study?
Participation is entirely voluntary: and you are not obliged to be involved. If you do participate, you can withdraw at any time without giving any reason.
If you do choose to withdraw, any information that you have supplied will be deleted.
Can I tell other people about the study?
Yes, you can tell other people about the study by providing them with the chief investigator's contact details. They can contact the chief investigator to discuss their participation in the research project and obtain an information sheet.