Identifying Assessment Opportunities in Postgraduate Learning for Sustainability

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Gajparia, J., Strachan, G., Vare, P. and Ferguson, T. (2021). Identifying Assessment Opportunities in Postgraduate Learning for Sustainability. Discourse and Communication for Sustainable Education. 12 (1), pp. 151-175. https://doi.org/10.2478/dcse-2021-0011
AuthorsGajparia, J., Strachan, G., Vare, P. and Ferguson, T.
AbstractAbstract This paper offers a rationale for how ESD related learning at postgraduate level can be assessed. It proposes a framework for evaluating whether assessments in Master’s level programmes align with the pedagogical approach of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). If assessment is to contribute to the overall learning process, then the nature of the assessment should reflect the pedagogy, values and principles associated with ESD. Utilising an Appreciative Inquiry model, existing models of competences for sustainable development have been used to develop the framework. The framework is not aimed at the performance of the students; rather, it is applied to the course itself to identify if assessment opportunities are in keeping with an ESD approach. The framework is applied to three examples from Master’s programmes, with which the authors are affiliated in England and Jamaica. The findings identify key characteristics that should feature in assessing learning for sustainability. The framework enabled the authors to gauge the extent to which their assessment regimes are in line with the aims, purpose and content of their programmes. While the examples cited are from the field of education, the framework can be applied to any Master’s programmes containing elements of sustainable development.
Year2021
JournalDiscourse and Communication for Sustainable Education
Journal citation12 (1), pp. 151-175
PublisherWalter de Gruyter GmbH
ISSN2255-7547
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.2478/dcse-2021-0011
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Online29 May 2021
Print01 Jun 2021
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Deposited30 Jul 2021
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