Transformative learning: innovating sustainability education in built environment

Published in 2016 by

Type of document: Best practices, case studies

This paper aims to evaluate how transformative learning is key to innovating sustainability education in the built environment in the region’s universities, in addition to reporting on the research project undertaken to integrate sustainability thinking and practice into engineering/built environment curricula in Asia-Pacific universities.

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The project drew from the experiences of academics in built environment programmes and espoused a collaborative inquiry process wherein the role of the industry was vital.A literature review focusing on sustainability integration into curricula was followed by a workshop which brought together academic and industry participants.The general direction of education for sustainability is moving increasingly towards integration and innovation.However, the slow progress of integration of sustainability in the built environment curricula may have been due in part to the outcome/practice-led approach of built environment education, which is the hallmark of the discipline and lends to a largely discipline-based curriculum framework.The project focused only on the curricula of university programmes and courses taught in the participating Asia-Pacific universities and institutions.This paper highlights how the framework for the proposed curriculum guide focusing primarily on built environment programmes and courses can provide guidance for potential application in other higher education institutions.