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Leveraging place-based resources for quality education: insights from a forest community outreach project in Japan

Muhammad Mohsin Hakeem (NUCB Business School, Nagoya University of Commerce and Business, Nagoya, Japan)
Hoe Chin Goi (NUCB Business School, Nagoya University of Commerce and Business, Nagoya, Japan)
Frendy (NUCB Business School, Nagoya University of Commerce and Business, Nagoya, Japan)

International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education

ISSN: 1467-6370

Article publication date: 18 January 2024

Issue publication date: 3 June 2024

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to examine the participants’ [junior high school students and Master of business administration (MBA) consultants] perceptions and utilizations of the multidimensional place-based resources within the context of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), specifically focusing on its alignment with the sustainable development goals (SDGs) for quality education. While place-based resources have demonstrated the potential for fostering innovative thinking and collaborative efforts, a gap exists in understanding how these resources can be effectively integrated to bolster learning and sustainable outcomes.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors adopted a single-case research methodology and conducted an in-depth exploration of the integration of place-based resources within the context of ESD using the 2021 Forest Community Outreach (FCO) Project in Ena City, Japan. Questionnaires, daily journals and consultation reports were used for data collection. This study used the coding and qualitative content analysis process to understand the significance of the five dimensions of place-based resources in fostering effective ESD practices.

Findings

The findings show the gap between interest in ESD and utilization of place-based resources as reflected in the perceptions and interests of junior high school participants. MBA consultants acknowledged the relevance of leveraging the five dimensions of place-based resources in the context of ESD. This research enriches the understanding of recognizing and harnessing different resources within the settings, emphasizing the significance of a multidimensional place-based resources approach to effectively incorporate these resources into ESD, thereby fostering learning and practical sustainability outcomes.

Originality/value

This study conducts a novel analysis of diverse dimensions within the realm of place-based resources and their profound influence on the learning experiences and creativity of participants engaged in ESD. The study lays the groundwork for the validation of place-based resource dimensions through collaborative efforts involving stakeholders within the region.

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Citation

Hakeem, M.M., Goi, H.C. and , F. (2024), "Leveraging place-based resources for quality education: insights from a forest community outreach project in Japan", International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, Vol. 25 No. 5, pp. 1066-1084. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJSHE-09-2023-0398

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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