Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Curricular Innovation for Sustainability

  • Katrina S. RogersEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_9



Innovation refers to new approaches to teaching sustainability in the college classrooms or applying traditional curricular approaches in inventive ways to advance students’ understanding and competence in sustainability.


Among the many strengths of higher education is the adaptability of faculty to create curricula in response to the changing needs of society. With the rise of the modern university in the nineteenth century, for example, departments were created around the specializations of disciplines, so important for the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge (Axtell 2016). As society shifted from an industrial to a knowledge economy in the twentieth century, entire new majors were created to offer practical curricula in such subjects as business and other professions of the twentieth century (Geiger 2014). Some of the most obvious and recent examples would be computer...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Human and Organization Development, School of Leadership StudiesFielding Graduate UniversitySanta BarbaraUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Luciana Brandli
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Passo FundoPasso FundoBrazil