Exploring sustainability themes in engineering accreditation and curricula

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dc.contributor.author Byrne, Edmond P.
dc.contributor.author Desha, Cheryl J.
dc.contributor.author Fitzpatrick, John J.
dc.contributor.author Hargroves, Karlson
dc.date.accessioned 2016-04-13T11:22:15Z
dc.date.available 2016-04-13T11:22:15Z
dc.date.issued 2013
dc.identifier.citation Byrne, E.P., Desha, C.J., Fitzpatrick, J.J. and Hargroves, K. (2013) 'Exploring sustainability themes in engineering accreditation and curricula'. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, 15 (4), pp. 384-403. doi: 10.1108/IJSHE-01-2012-0003 en
dc.identifier.volume 15 en
dc.identifier.issued 4 en
dc.identifier.startpage 384 en
dc.identifier.endpage 403 en
dc.identifier.issn 1467-6370
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/2449
dc.identifier.doi 10.1108/IJSHE-01-2012-0003
dc.description.abstract Purpose: This paper aims to present key findings from an inquiry into engineering accreditation and curricula renewal. The research attempted to ascertain conceptions of requisite sustainability themes among engineering academics and professionals. The paper also reflects on the potential role of professional engineering institutions (PEIs) in embedding sustainability through their programme accreditation guidelines and wider implications in terms of rapid curricula renewal. Design/methodology/approach: This research comprised an International Engineering Academic Workshop held during the 2010 International Symposium on Engineering Education in Ireland, on “accreditation and sustainable engineering”. This built on the findings of a literature review that was distributed prior to the workshop. Data collection included individual questionnaires administered during the workshop, and notes scribed by workshop participants. Findings: The literature review highlighted a wide range of perspectives across and within engineering disciplines, regarding what sustainability/sustainable development (SD) themes should be incorporated into engineering curricula, and regarding language and terminology. This was also reflected in the workshop discussions. Notwithstanding this diversity, clusters of sustainability themes and priority considerations were distilled from the literature review and workshop. These related to resources, technology, values, ethics, inter- and intra-generational equity, transdisciplinarity, and systems and complex thinking. Themes related to environmental and economic knowledge and skills received less attention by workshop participants than represented in the literature. en
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dc.publisher Emerald en
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dc.subject Sustainability en
dc.subject Sustainable development en
dc.subject Engineering education en
dc.title Exploring sustainability themes in engineering accreditation and curricula en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Edmond Byrne, Process & Chemical Engineering, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: e.byrne@ucc.ie en
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dc.identifier.journaltitle International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education en
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