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University teaching staff and sustainable development: an assessment of competences

Leal Filho, Walter and Levesque, Vanessa R and Salvia, Amanda Lange and Paço, Arminda and Fritzen, Barbara and Frankenberger, Fernanda and Damke, Luana Inês and Brandli, Luciana L and Ávila, Lucas Veiga and Mifsud, Mark and Will, Markus and Pace, Paul and Azeiteiro, Ulisses M and Lovren, Violeta Orlovic (2020) University teaching staff and sustainable development: an assessment of competences. Sustainability Science. ISSN 1862-4065


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Teaching about matters related to sustainable development requires not only a personal motivation from educators, but also a variety of competences. This paper reports on a multi-country study, which aimed at identifying the level of importance given to desired competences on sustainable development by teaching staff at a number of higher education institutions. On the basis of the findings, the paper identifies the gaps and outlines some of the needs which should be addressed, via which competence building may help to foster the educational and societal transformation towards sustainability. The implications of this paper are twofold. First, it emphasises the value of and the need for competences on sustainable development. Second, it illustrates some of the needs which should be met to provide a framework among which competences on sustainable development may be further developed.

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