Sustainability in higher education: Perspectives of Malaysian higher education system

Mohammad Imam Hasan Reza

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

11 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Sustainability describes how a system remains diverse and productive; this is the potential for long-term maintenance of well-being having ecological, economic, political, and cultural dimensions. Education for sustainable development (ESD) emphasizes on including the key sustainable development issues into teaching and learning, that is, climate change, disaster risk reduction, biodiversity, poverty reduction, and sustainable consumption. This effort requires effective pedagogy to ensure a participatory teaching and learning method that will motivate and empower future leaders to ensure sustainability in their social systems. Malaysia has incorporated the principles of Agenda 21 as one of the important sustainable development documents into its national planning process. However, the effectiveness of these teaching–learning programs, and their effective pedagogical approaches and endpoints are not satisfactorily ensured. Therefore, at first, this article reviews the existing various programs and research activities of public and private higher educational institutions in Malaysia that address sustainability. It then discusses the pedagogical approaches of these programs and how they are related to the key concept of the ESD. Finally, some conclusions and recommendations have been suggested to improve the initiatives to develop a scientifically sound and effective pedagogy for the ESD programs in higher education systems in Malaysia.

Original languageEnglish
JournalSAGE Open
Volume6
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2016

Fingerprint

education system
sustainable development
sustainability
Malaysia
education
Agenda 21
learning method
educational institution
social system
teaching method
planning process
biodiversity
disaster
climate change
well-being
Sustainability
Sustainable Development
poverty
leader
Teaching

Keywords

  • Disaster risk reduction
  • Education for sustainable development (ESD)
  • Higher education system
  • Pedagogy
  • Sustainable consumption

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)

Cite this

Sustainability in higher education : Perspectives of Malaysian higher education system. / Reza, Mohammad Imam Hasan.

In: SAGE Open, Vol. 6, No. 3, 01.07.2016.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

@article{63df011bb9e143dabdff4be8497b3399,
title = "Sustainability in higher education: Perspectives of Malaysian higher education system",
abstract = "Sustainability describes how a system remains diverse and productive; this is the potential for long-term maintenance of well-being having ecological, economic, political, and cultural dimensions. Education for sustainable development (ESD) emphasizes on including the key sustainable development issues into teaching and learning, that is, climate change, disaster risk reduction, biodiversity, poverty reduction, and sustainable consumption. This effort requires effective pedagogy to ensure a participatory teaching and learning method that will motivate and empower future leaders to ensure sustainability in their social systems. Malaysia has incorporated the principles of Agenda 21 as one of the important sustainable development documents into its national planning process. However, the effectiveness of these teaching–learning programs, and their effective pedagogical approaches and endpoints are not satisfactorily ensured. Therefore, at first, this article reviews the existing various programs and research activities of public and private higher educational institutions in Malaysia that address sustainability. It then discusses the pedagogical approaches of these programs and how they are related to the key concept of the ESD. Finally, some conclusions and recommendations have been suggested to improve the initiatives to develop a scientifically sound and effective pedagogy for the ESD programs in higher education systems in Malaysia.",
keywords = "Disaster risk reduction, Education for sustainable development (ESD), Higher education system, Pedagogy, Sustainable consumption",
author = "Reza, {Mohammad Imam Hasan}",
year = "2016",
month = "7",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1177/2158244016665890",
language = "English",
volume = "6",
journal = "SAGE Open",
issn = "2158-2440",
publisher = "SAGE Publications Inc.",
number = "3",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Sustainability in higher education

T2 - Perspectives of Malaysian higher education system

AU - Reza, Mohammad Imam Hasan

PY - 2016/7/1

Y1 - 2016/7/1

N2 - Sustainability describes how a system remains diverse and productive; this is the potential for long-term maintenance of well-being having ecological, economic, political, and cultural dimensions. Education for sustainable development (ESD) emphasizes on including the key sustainable development issues into teaching and learning, that is, climate change, disaster risk reduction, biodiversity, poverty reduction, and sustainable consumption. This effort requires effective pedagogy to ensure a participatory teaching and learning method that will motivate and empower future leaders to ensure sustainability in their social systems. Malaysia has incorporated the principles of Agenda 21 as one of the important sustainable development documents into its national planning process. However, the effectiveness of these teaching–learning programs, and their effective pedagogical approaches and endpoints are not satisfactorily ensured. Therefore, at first, this article reviews the existing various programs and research activities of public and private higher educational institutions in Malaysia that address sustainability. It then discusses the pedagogical approaches of these programs and how they are related to the key concept of the ESD. Finally, some conclusions and recommendations have been suggested to improve the initiatives to develop a scientifically sound and effective pedagogy for the ESD programs in higher education systems in Malaysia.

AB - Sustainability describes how a system remains diverse and productive; this is the potential for long-term maintenance of well-being having ecological, economic, political, and cultural dimensions. Education for sustainable development (ESD) emphasizes on including the key sustainable development issues into teaching and learning, that is, climate change, disaster risk reduction, biodiversity, poverty reduction, and sustainable consumption. This effort requires effective pedagogy to ensure a participatory teaching and learning method that will motivate and empower future leaders to ensure sustainability in their social systems. Malaysia has incorporated the principles of Agenda 21 as one of the important sustainable development documents into its national planning process. However, the effectiveness of these teaching–learning programs, and their effective pedagogical approaches and endpoints are not satisfactorily ensured. Therefore, at first, this article reviews the existing various programs and research activities of public and private higher educational institutions in Malaysia that address sustainability. It then discusses the pedagogical approaches of these programs and how they are related to the key concept of the ESD. Finally, some conclusions and recommendations have been suggested to improve the initiatives to develop a scientifically sound and effective pedagogy for the ESD programs in higher education systems in Malaysia.

KW - Disaster risk reduction

KW - Education for sustainable development (ESD)

KW - Higher education system

KW - Pedagogy

KW - Sustainable consumption

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84988914318&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84988914318&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1177/2158244016665890

DO - 10.1177/2158244016665890

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:84988914318

VL - 6

JO - SAGE Open

JF - SAGE Open

SN - 2158-2440

IS - 3

ER -