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dc.contributor.authorSharma, Rashika
dc.description.abstractThis year marks the midpoint of the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development but sustainability still remains a foreign concept in the New Zealand vocational and trade education curriculum. Thus research was conducted to gauge the existing perceptions of academics and industry and discover the reasons for the slow embedding of sustainability concepts in the curriculum. The research followed a qualitative research methodology using a case study as the method of inquiry which collected data through 8 in-depth interviews conducted with academics and industry personnel at a New Zealand vocational institute. The research found that there was no collaboration between academics and industry when it came to education for sustainability (EfS) with neither group taking responsibility for embedding the concepts into the curriculum. The overall awareness level on sustainability was very low between the two researched groups. Academics and Industry personnel alike saw no relevance of sustainability in vocational trade education. The slow progress of embedding sustainability concepts into the vocational education curriculum could be a result of this lack of collaboration between these two groups thus it is recommended that a professional development course be designed for vocational academics and industry personnel to increase awareness on sustainability concepts.en_NZ
dc.publisherCommon Ground Publishingen_NZ
dc.rightsAll rights reserved. Apart from fair dealing for the purposes of study, research, criticism or review as permitted under the applicable copyright legislation, no part of this work may be reproduced by any process without written permission from the publisher. For permissions and other inquiries, please contact <>.en_NZ
dc.subjecteducation for sustainabilityen_NZ
dc.subjectvocational educationen_NZ
dc.subjectsustainability conceptsen_NZ
dc.subjectembedding into curriculumen_NZ
dc.subjectenvironmental sustainabilityen_NZ
dc.titleCollaborative partnership for education for sustainability: New Zealand vocational educationen_NZ
dc.typeJournal Articleen_NZ
dc.subject.marsden130213 Vocational Education and Training Curriculum and Pedagogyen_NZ
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitationSharma, R. (2011). Collaborative partnership for education for sustainability: New Zealand vocational education. International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, 7(1), 23-32.en_NZ
unitec.institutionUnitec Institute of Technologyen_NZ
unitec.publication.titleInternational Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainabilityen_NZ
dc.contributor.affiliationUnitec Institute of Technologyen_NZ
unitec.institution.studyareaConstruction + Engineering

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