The purpose of this project is training qualified graduates to lead the resolution of the challenges of our society towards sustainability by integrating training in Sustainability competences (hereinafter SC) in the Spanish University System The project, under the research challenge in the field of social change and innovation, aims to contribute to the improvement of social challenges across the Spanish Strategy for Science, Technology and Innovation, the State Plan of Scientific and Technical Research and Innovation and the Europe 2020 Strategy. The research is applied, highly multidisciplinary and contextualized in nine universities that work together in the Sustainability Sectorial Commission of CRUE (SSCC) in the working group Curriculum sustainability" with the goal of creating synergies and action frameworks agreed at national level. This is an area of research and action with lack of common criteria to integrate sustainability competences, learning processes and assessment that bounds their achievement. To overcome this challenge, frameworks and processes that facilitate the integration of sustainability into the university curriculum holistically through mapping and validation of pedagogical practices, the diagnosis of the state in Spanish universities and building materials for teaching and learning SC will be developed. Project objectives are focused on: 1) Define the map of SC of university degrees covered by the project and establish the framework to facilitate their integration in a holistic manner; 2) validate teaching strategies for the acquisition of SC, from a constructivist and community oriented pedagogical approach (SL, PBL, PPBL); 3) Diagnose the state of faculty sustainability training needs and develop and pilot training proposals; and 4) To diagnose the state of learning of SC in the university students and prepare and pilot training proposals. The research methodology has an interpretive focus, using quantitative and qualitative techniques, and covering a population with three impact levels. On the one hand, degree courses that integrate the three pillars of sustainability (environmental, social and economic) will be researched. Furthermore and taking into account their long-term multiplier effect, special emphasis will be made on five Bachelor and Master degrees in Education, as its graduates are the future teachers of the next generation of citizens. Finally seven technology bachelor degrees and the Master in Science and Technology for Sustainability will be researched for their great impact on societal challenges. The project results will be transferred to the national level, through the SSCC, and internationally through its plan for dissemination and transferability, by creating an observatory on ESD and European networks of Higher Education in Sustainability. In short, this project will catalyze a cultural shift in the Spanish university system breaking the residual and partial vision of sustainability and to move to a new paradigm in which sustainability permeate the education system holistically with the ultimate goal to graduates the future change agents that will meet the challenges of our society.
Plan Estatal de Investigación Científica y Técnica y de Innovación 2013-2016
Programa Estatal de I+D+i Orientada a los Retos de la Sociedad
Retos de Investigación: Proyectos de I+D+i
Gobierno De España. Ministerio De Economía Y Competitividad, Mineco
Sánchez-Carracedo, F.; Sureda, B.; Moreno-Pino, F.M. International journal of sustainability in higher education Vol. 21, num. 2, p. 393-412 DOI: 10.1108/IJSHE-10-2019-0321 Date of publication: 2020-01-29 Journal article