Metaphors used by some engineering academics in Australia for understanding and explaining sustainability

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Show simple item record Carew, A Mitchell, CA 2009-12-21T02:29:30Z 2006-01
dc.identifier.citation Environmental Education Research, 2006, 12 (2), pp. 217 - 231
dc.identifier.issn 1469-5871
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.description.abstract Metaphors can be powerful teaching and learning tools which may help us to understand novel, complex or abstract concepts using familiar language and thought structures. Academics routinely use metaphors in their university teaching to explain new or difficult ideas to students. In this article the authors argue that tertiary teachers metaphors for sustainability warrant formal investigation, as they will likely influence the construction and delivery of sustainability curricula. Based on this contention, we conducted in-depth interviews with eight Australian engineering academics which centred around the question What do you mean by sustainability? . From the interview transcripts, we explicated and described four distinctly different metaphors. These were: sustainability as weaving, sustainability as guarding, sustainability as trading, and sustainability as observing limits. We describe each of the metaphors in detail and speculate on some of the underlying assumptions which underpin them. In conclusion, we advance the idea that sustainability might be taught using an explicit multiplicity of metaphors and that each metaphor would express important aspects of the phenomenon of sustainability. This approach would capitalise on the diversity of existing metaphors in the academe, and could result in curricula which reflect the richness and depth that a variety of perspectives can bring to understanding a complex, abstract, flexible concept like sustainability.
dc.publisher Routledge
dc.title Metaphors used by some engineering academics in Australia for understanding and explaining sustainability
dc.type Journal Article
dc.parent Environmental Education Research
dc.journal.volume 2
dc.journal.volume 12
dc.journal.number 2 en_US
dc.publocation UK en_US
dc.publocation Heidelberg, Germany
dc.identifier.startpage 217 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 231 en_US DVCRch.Institute for Sustainable Futures en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.conference Internation al Conference on Knowledge based systems
dc.for 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy
dc.personcode 010821
dc.percentage 100 en_US Curriculum and Pedagogy en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US 2006-10-09
dc.location.activity Bournemouth UK
dc.description.keywords electronic markets, multi agent systems, emergent process
pubs.embargo.period Not known
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/DVC (Research)
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/DVC (Research)/Institute For Sustainable Futures
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Strength - Sustainable Futures
utslib.copyright.status Closed Access 2015-04-15 12:17:09.805752+10
utslib.collection.history Institute For Sustainable Futures (ID: 362)
utslib.collection.history Closed (ID: 3)

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