Welcome to the Educating Future Change Agents (EFCA) Blog!!! The EFCA is an exciting new research project into the question of how students can be best educated to become impactful change agents who drive forward the necessary sustainability transition. Research will be conducted jointly at two of the leading universities in sustainability education, Leuphana University of Lüneburg in Germany and Arizona State University in the United States.
The project addresses how competence acquisition can best be fostered through novel teaching and learning approaches in individual sustainability courses as well as through an entire sustainability curriculum. Research will focus on the acquisition of sustainability competencies in sustainability programs, teacher education programs, and extra-curricular programs on social entrepreneurship at both universities using a multi-methodological approach, combining in-depth qualitative case studies with a quantitative sample study to generate both detailed as well as generalizable insights.
For more details about the research design and overall project check out the Project Overview webpage.
So we begin
This October 2016 the EFCA project launched with a team of four PhD and two Post-Doctoral researchers joining the existing team of Principal Investigators. For more information about the team see their brief bios here and stay tuned to the blog for more extensive introductions over the next few months.
Work package 1 is already underway as we seek to validate the key sustainability competencies via interviews and focus groups with sustainability professionals and alumni of both the ASU and Leuphana sustainability degree programs. In November the whole team traveled to ASU for a three week, whirlwind introduction of the university, its sustainability initiatives and the courses and curriculum to be studied in the project and the carried out the first focus group with sustainability professionals on December 2nd (stay tuned here for more details).
Here we blog
We are very excited to be launching this blog along with the EFCA research project. We don´t know what exactly this space will evolve into but we hope to create a space which ultimately fosters conversations around educating for sustainability in higher education and drives forward implementation of evidence based curricular change towards creating future change agents. Specifically we expect to share regularly about progress on our research, describe the methodological approaches we are taking and elaborate early results as they come in.
We welcome your participation and encourage you to reply in the comments or to submit a guest post if interested. Don´t forget to follow the blog in order to not miss any updates.