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Revista iberoamericana de educación superior

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CEBRIAN, Gisela. Education for sustainable development in the university curriculum: cooperative action research with teachers. Rev. iberoam. educ. super [online]. 2020, vol.11, n.30, pp.99-114.  Epub June 15, 2020. ISSN 2007-2872.

This article presents a case of cooperative action research, carried out at the University of Southampton (UK), with the aim of promoting curriculum and professional development in education for sustainable development (ESD) and learning from the day-to-day practices of academic staff. An interdisciplinary working group of five university teachers from different disciplines (Education, Archaeology, Computer engineering, Biology and Health sciences) was established to support the group's critical reflection and action to incorporate ESD into their teaching practice. Results in curriculum development and innovation are presented, as well as evidence showing the positive impact of the facilitator role. As the results show, this role allowed for reflection and action, along with the identification of the specific needs of the participating university faculty and the factors that influence their participation and action.

Keywords : education for sustainable development; action-research; sustainability; university; curriculum; faculty; active learning.

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