'Activist Learning': Supporting student-led projects for sustainability action . Zoe Robinson, Sherilyn MacGregor , and Sophie Bessant Keele University. EAUC 28 th March 2012. Talk Outline. What do we mean by ‘activist learning’ The ‘Sustainable Student Bungalow’ The challenges...
Zoe Robinson, SherilynMacGregor, and Sophie Bessant
EAUC 28th March 2012
How do we as educators enable students to gain the kinds of skills needed to bring about transformative social change towards sustainability in their own universities and wider communities?
The curriculum is important in bringing together like-minded students to catalyse change, and providing route of staff support
‘A house that doesn’t cost the earth’ sustainability action
Significant staff involvement to help steer and mainstream the project
Then comparison with 6 ‘normal’ student houses…. sustainability action
Data collection from the ‘sustainable’ house.
Monitoring: electricity, waste, recycling….
High electricity…. sustainability action
….become a social hub for green campus activism
Awareness of barriers to implementing change, and how to overcome them
More skills than could even be achieved through core academic activities
The future – new students (and from different degree programmes) and possibly new properties
‘Activist learning’ is student-led, but requires substantial academic support and steering.