Professor William Scott
Critiquing the Idea of a Sustainable School as a model and catalyst for change
May 18th, C15, Pope Building, University Park Campus, The University of Nottingham, 5pm
The government has a hugely ambitious goal that every school will be a ’sustainable school’ by 2020, and it encourages institutions to address sustainability across all aspects of school life: [i] what (and how) students are taught; [ii] how the school campus is managed, and the school is led; and [iii] how the school can act as a model and catalyst for change within the wider community. In 2004, Prime Minister Tony Blair said:
“Sustainable development will not just be a subject in the classroom: it will be in its bricks and mortar and the way the school uses and even generates its own power. Our students won’t just be told about sustainable development, they will see and work within it: a living, learning place in which to explore what a sustainable lifestyle means.” Drawing on recent research, the lecture will critically examine the idea of the ’sustainable school’, and raise questions about the role of the school in modeling and catalyzing change within the community.
William Scott is a Professor of Education at the University of Bath where he is head of its Education and Sustainability research programme, director of the Centre for Research in Education and the Environment, and a deputy-director of the University’s Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment. He was founding editor of the journal Environmental Education Research, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and chair of the community interest company South West Learning for Sustainability Coalition. William Scott’s research focuses on the role of learning in sustainable development, on the contributions that educational institutions can make to this, and on the problems of researching the effectiveness of such activities. Of particular interest are: conceptual issues to do with the nature of education and professional development; pedagogical and evaluative issues about processes of learning and teaching; and, ethical questions about the focus and limits of such interventions. These issues are addressed through research, consultancy, development and evaluation studies, through teaching, and through writing and reviewing, and William Scott has worked closely with research councils, government, industry, NGOs, and other agencies in the UK and in other countries.
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