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The power of case studies in promoting a sustainable mindset


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Using and creating case studies is an important strategy of the Prof E Sus project that is developing training for teachers of vocational hospitality skills.

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The power of case studies in promoting a sustainable mindset

  1. 1. The power of case studies To implement a sustainable mindset Anne Fox
  2. 2. Relevance?
  3. 3. Sustainability mindset Despair?
  4. 4. Sustainability mindset Or awe?
  5. 5. Green pedagogy • Problem presentation • Reconstruction – research • Intervention – provocation • Interaction – collaboration • Deconstruction – possible solution • Reflection - feedback
  6. 6. Teaching a sustainable mindset: for future thinking professionals in small hospitality settings 1 Focus on sustainability Face to face Vienna Sustainability basics 2 Education for sustainability Online Pedagogy and sustainability principles Peer support 3 Teaching for sustainability Online Action research Peer evaluation/coaching 4 Evaluation of ESD Face to face Finland Evaluation and change management
  7. 7. 2. Teaching for Sustainability Module 2 – onine (7 weekly units) Challenge 1: Personal/professional development Challenge 2: Pedagogical development Challenge 3: Case study Learning reflection
  8. 8. UNECE ESD Competences 15. create learning and transformation processes based on the experience of learners to prepare learners to meet new challenges 17. create project oriented learning processes with real world issues to enhance learning outcomes and to help learners to make a difference in practice and in real world 22. communicate a sense of urgency for change and inspire hope 25. facilitate participatory and learner-centred education that develops critical thinking and active citizenship 26. assess learning outcomes in terms of changes and achievements in relation to sustainable development
  9. 9. Why case studies? Awe-inspiring Prof dev Problem- solving Real or realistic? Professional and ESD competences Pedagogical
  10. 10. Effective case study checklist An effective case study is one that, according to Davis (1993): ➢ tells a “real” and engaging story (it must be realistic) ➢ raises a thought-provoking issue ➢ has elements of conflict ➢ promotes empathy with the central characters ➢ lacks an obvious or clear-cut right answer ➢ encourages students to think and take a position ➢ portrays actors in moments of decision ➢ provides plenty of data about character, location, context, actions ➢ is relatively concise.
  11. 11. Using case studies well • Give students time to read it, visit it or experience it • Introduce it briefly and give guidelines on how to approach • Create groups and monitor their work • Have groups present solutions • Ask clarification questions • Synthesise issues raised
  12. 12. Other options • At managerial or shopfloor level • Complex or simple questions • The truth or extending the truth • Extending outwards to the wider environment eg if all hotels in the town want a green reputation
  13. 13. Other examples • Interviews • FAQ • Map project • Visits Solve it or create it!
  14. 14. We will be • including many different case studies in the course • encouraging our teacher participants to build their own case studies (localised ones) perhaps as part of their AR project • publishing the best practice examples
  15. 15. The power of case studies? • Showing real people & organisations dealing with sustainability issues • Variety • Can provide the provocation of green pedagogy • Promotes collaboration and discussion • Promotes futures thinking • Promotes values thinking • Promotes strategic thinking • Promotes systems thinking
  16. 16. What now? • Free Finnish event 16-17th January near Helsinki to further develop the case sudy approach • Open enrolment for the train the trainers course starting Feb 26 2018 in Vienna (partially subsidised)
  17. 17. References and links • The ProfESus project website • The Profesus paper on case studies • The case study approach on my blog • UNECE Competences in Education for Sustainable Development PDF • Davis, B. G. (1993) Tools for Teaching. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. • 4 years of trash in a jar video • Apply to attend the free Finnish event on case studies Jan 16/17 • Apply to take the Prof E Sus course starting February 26 and finishing June 15 2018 (partially subsidised) Non-specific pictures from Pixabay