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Implementing action competence teaching model as a framework for achieving sustainable development goals: insights from students

Xiaojing Xing (Department of Education, School of Education and Modern Media, Shandong Institute of Petroleum and Chemical Technology, Dongying, China)
Chinaza Solomon Ironsi (Foreign Languages and English Preparatory School, Rauf Denktas University, North Cyprus, Cyprus)

International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education

ISSN: 1467-6370

Article publication date: 2 January 2024

Issue publication date: 3 June 2024

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to explore the potential of implementing an action competence teaching model as a framework for achieving sustainable development goals (SDGs) in higher education. The paper seeks to draw insights from the students on the potential of this teaching model.

Design/methodology/approach

The study adopted a quantitative research design in exploring the potential of an action competence teaching model. This study used self-report measures to obtain insights into the objective of the study.

Findings

The action competence teaching model was seen as useful in equipping students with knowledge about a problem, confidence and willingness to act. However, some issues like the design of the projects, teamwork and instructional practices were identified and discussed.

Originality/value

To the best of the authors’ knowledge, this study is the first to implement an action competence teaching model to help draw insights from students on its potential. This paper documents certain aspects of action competence that require attention before being implemented in higher education. This information so far lacking in scientific literature contributes to ongoing discussions on SDGs while unveiling strengths and weaknesses to be considered.

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Acknowledgements

Funding: No funding was received for this study. Not applicable.

Competing interest: The authors wish to state that there is no conflict of interest regarding this study.

Ethical approval: I confirm the manuscript includes a description of all necessary ethics approvals, including the name of the ethics committee, and its respective institution.

Data availability: The authors affirm that data that support the findings of this study are available from the authors upon reasonable request.

Citation

Xing, X. and Ironsi, C.S. (2024), "Implementing action competence teaching model as a framework for achieving sustainable development goals: insights from students", International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, Vol. 25 No. 5, pp. 1048-1065. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJSHE-08-2023-0376

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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