Rethinking education in light of systemic global dysfunction
The current sustainability crisis demands a radical re-orientation of the way we learn. In this lunch lecture, Arjen Wals will consider sustainability to be emergent property of an ecology of learning that is created by a reflexive purposeful mix of actors, perspectives, forms or learning, connections and support mechanisms.
About the lunch lecture
Sustainability education is characterised by the creation of so-called ecologies of learning that invite diversity and dissonance, advance systems thinking and boundary crossing, develop agency and empowerment for transgression and transformation, and, lastly, but perhaps most importantly, engage learners in discussions about the values, ethics and morality needed to create a world that is more sustainable than the one currently in prospect. Wals argues that sustainability also requires that we learn to live within boundaries (planetary boundaries as well as personal ones). He will also introduce the kinds of competencies and qualities that seem essential contributing to such a world. Finally, Wals will touch upon some examples of practices involving higher education – some operating at the edges, often led by students and activist groups, some more institutionalised, operating at the core of the university.
4TU lecturers and education support staff.
About Arjen Wals
Dr Arjen Wals is a Professor of Transformative Learning for Socio-Ecological Sustainability at Wageningen University in The Netherlands. He also holds the UNESCO Chair of Social Learning and Sustainable Development. His teaching and research focus on designing learning processes and learning spaces that enable people to contribute meaningful sustainability. His books include: ‘Social Learning towards a Sustainable World’ (2007), ‘Learning for Sustainability in Times of Accelerating Change’ (2012) and ‘Envisioning Futures for Environmental and Sustainability Education’ (2017).
Date: 20 November 2019
Location: TU Delft, Teaching Lab, Landbergstraat 19
Costs: Costs of the lunch lecture are covered by 4TU.CEE.
Lunch is included
Registration: Please register through this link.