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Utilizing the design charrette for teaching sustainability

Jason B. Walker (Department of Landscape Architecture, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, Mississippi, USA)
Michael W. Seymour (Department of Landscape Architecture, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, Mississippi, USA)

International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education

ISSN: 1467-6370

Article publication date: 11 April 2008

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to investigate the design charrette as a method for teaching sustainability.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper utilizes a student‐based design charrette for the Mississippi Gulf Coast comprising a framework for teaching sustainability. An assessment of the charrette's role in promoting sustainability in higher education was ascertained through respondents completing pre‐ and post‐charrette surveys.

Findings

The paper provides survey results that shed light on the effectiveness of the charrette as an approach for teaching sustainability in higher education.

Research limitations/implications

This research indicates that a charrette framed with criteria for teaching sustainability is viable. However, the study has limitations owing to the project's scope and its being a single‐case sample.

Practical implications

The paper shows that actively engaging students in interdisciplinary, service‐oriented projects is of value in teaching concepts of sustainability in higher education.

Originality/value

The paper addresses the need for sustainability in higher education, focusing on disciplines of design, by assessing the effectiveness of a well‐accepted design teaching approach, the charrette.

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Citation

Walker, J.B. and Seymour, M.W. (2008), "Utilizing the design charrette for teaching sustainability", International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, Vol. 9 No. 2, pp. 157-169. https://doi.org/10.1108/14676370810856305

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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