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Teaching Sustainability and Management Critically: ‘Expectation Failures’ as a Powerful Pedagogical Tool

  • Jose M. AlcarazEmail author
  • Marianna Fotaki
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Part of the CSR, Sustainability, Ethics & Governance book series (CSEG)

Abstract

Critical Management Education (CME ) provides a strong pedagogical background to provoke and unsettle viewpoints and strongly problematize “mainstream” views of sustainability and management . This chapter aims to contribute to this “de-naturalizing” agenda by helping management and sustainability instructors to design learning experiences aimed at challenging learners’ assumptions. For this purpose we explore the role of expectation failures as a pedagogical tool that puts students in diverse learning situations (in which their current assumptions may “not work”, or in which their viewpoints may be unsettled) in order to facilitate new learning and critical interpretations. Drawing on our own 10-year teaching experience in multiple locations, we provide practical moves aiming to advance a critically-oriented sustainability pedagogical agenda.

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Acknowledgement

Jose M. Alcaraz would like to thank Prof. Ken Bain for his extraordinary, influential work and for his generous time during an interview in New Jersey in July 2009, which inspired part of this work.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Business and GovernanceMurdoch UniversityPerthAustralia
  2. 2.Munich Business SchoolMunichGermany
  3. 3.Warwick Business SchoolWarwick UniversityCoventryUK

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