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Professional development of university educators in ESD: a study from pedagogical styles

Maria Mercedes Callejas Restrepo (Facultad de Ciencias de la Educación, Universidad de Ciencias Aplicadas y Ambientales, Bogotá, Colombia)
Norka Blanco-Portela (Environmental Management Graduate Studies of the Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences, Universitaria Agustiniana, Bogotá, Colombia)
Yolanda Ladino-Ospina (Chemistry of the Faculty of Science and Technology, Universidad Pedagógica Nacional, Bogotá, Colombia)
Rosa Nidia Tuay Sigua (Physical of the Faculty of Science and Technology, Universidad Pedagógica Nacional, Bogotá, Colombia)
Kenneth Ochoa Vargas (Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad El Bosque, Bogotá, Colombia)

International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education

ISSN: 1467-6370

Article publication date: 3 July 2017

Abstract

Purpose

The aim of this paper is to present a vision for university educator professional development, based on self-analysis of pedagogical styles and production of knowledge about the practices that promote education for sustainable development (ESD).

Design/methodology/approach

The “STSE” course is part of the department’s Professional Development Program. The course aims to articulate the relationship between ESD processes and university educator training through reflection on their practices. To accomplish this objective, the course promotes interdisciplinary groups of educators from different backgrounds. These groups are encouraged to introspect regarding their pedagogical styles. A survey is applied to encourage self-analysis of the four pedagogical style dimensions.

Findings

University educators adopt their own pedagogical styles based on the evolution of their practices. This information is useful in generating education, formation and transformation of new professionals in their respective fields. This knowledge also raises questions about ESD, and the construction of processes, values and attitudes to aid this education.

Research limitations/implications

This paper only describes the characterization stage of the university educator pedagogical styles through practice-related self-analysis

Originality/value

This study builds pedagogical knowledge, promotes higher education transformation for sustainable development and strengthens the quality of university education.

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Citation

Callejas Restrepo, M.M., Blanco-Portela, N., Ladino-Ospina, Y., Tuay Sigua, R.N. and Vargas, K.O. (2017), "Professional development of university educators in ESD: a study from pedagogical styles", International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, Vol. 18 No. 5, pp. 648-665. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJSHE-02-2016-0031

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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