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Method-Based Higher Education in Sustainability : The Potential of the Scenario Method

Beecroft, Richard; Schmidt, Jan C.

Both sustainability and education are challenging process-oriented objectives. When the aim is to combine both notions, as in Higher Education in Sustainability (HES), it is indispensable to first establish a common ground between them. In this paper, we characterise this common ground in terms of four aspects: future orientation, normativity, global perspective, and theory engaged in practice. Based on an analysis of the common ground, one method that is well-established in a wide range of sustainability sciences shows high potential for use in HES because it covers all four aspects in detail: the scenario method. We argue that a didactical reconstruction of the scenario method is necessary to utilise its potential and develop adequate forms of teaching in higher education. The scenario method is used to construct and analyse a set of alternative future developments to support decisions that have to be made in the present. Didactical reconstruction reveals a spectrum of objectives for which the scenario method can be employed: (1) projection; (2) teleological planning and (3) an explorative search for possibilities not yet considered. ... mehr

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000049223
Veröffentlicht am 22.03.2018
DOI: 10.3390/su6063357
Zitationen: 8
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Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Technikfolgenabschätzung und Systemanalyse (ITAS)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2014
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 2071-1050
KITopen-ID: 1000049223
HGF-Programm 36.02.01 (POF II, LK 01) Effiziente Energieumwandlung u. -nutzung
Erschienen in Sustainability (Switzerland)
Verlag MDPI
Band 6
Heft 6
Seiten 3357-3373
Schlagwörter scenario method, didactics, didactical reconstruction, philosophy of education, methodology, future orientation, higher education, technology assessment
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