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International Journal of Higher Education and Sustainability
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International Journal of Higher Education and Sustainability (3 papers in press)
Planning to overcome perceived barriers: Environmental and sustainability education, inclusion, and accessibility by Laura Sims, Marie-Élaine Desmarais Abstract: Integrating environmental and sustainability education (ESE) approaches into faculty of education classrooms that are inclusive of learners with a broad range of diverse needs can seem daunting. Our purpose is to reflect upon how to plan for inclusive learning experiences for all learners whilst also using ESE strategies to facilitate learning. Within the scope of a narrative enquiry, we explore how applying the Universal design for learning principles when planning learning activities that use ESE approaches can help overcome perceived barriers. Community-based exemplary stories from our respective teaching practices are shared. We reflect upon potential benefits and implications for faculties of education when applying the Universal design for learning and ESE approaches in teacher education programs. Future directions for research are proposed. Keywords: Key words: pre-service teacher education; inclusive education; environmental and sustainability education; Universal design for learning; community-based learning/teaching; collective teaching practices; teacher education programmes; higher education.
Structuring Actions for Open Educational Resources (OER) Adoption by Shouhong Wang, Hai Wang Abstract: Open educational resources (OER) are growing over the past decade. While OER can make educational resources widely available to all students and educators for free, OER are still untried by the majority of instructors, and have not significantly affected on higher education. This paper reports an action research project of OER adoption. It discusses the importance and challenges of OER in higher education, develops a theoretical framework of the action research project based on literature review, and explains the three levels of OER participation: partial adoption of OER for a course, full-scale adoption of OER for a course, and involvement in communities of practice of OER for a course. The paper describes the processes of OER adoption at each of the levels, presents the findings based on information collected and analyzed through the action research project, and discusses further reflection. It presents interlocking perspectives on beliefs, ethics, and motivations in OER for sustainable higher education. Keywords: Open educational resources (OER); OER adoption; sustainability of OER; action research; communities of practice; case study; sustainable higher education.
A THEMATIC ANALYSIS OF LEADERSHIP BEHAVIORS AND CHANGE MANAGEMENT IN HIGHER EDUCATION TO BOOST SUSTAINABILITY by Saeed Aldulaimi, Marwan Abdeldayem Abstract: This research aims to investigate the influence of leadership behavior on change management in higher education in the Kingdom of Bahrain, and to propose and examine a framework for the influence of leadership on change management to end up with achieving sustainability in higher education.rnThe study used a qualitative approach in terms of in-depth interviews with 10 different faculty members from 4 different universities who undergo significant changes through achieving the HEA Fellowship, UK. rnThe findings reveal that the proposed framework is applicable to examine the influence of leadership on change management. Further, participants confirmed 19 significant themes along with the six phases of the framework. rnIt also provides a practical map for the most significant leadership behavior considering necessary in achieving change plans effectively in higher education. Keywords: Change Management; Leadership; Universities; Sustainability; Thematic Analysis; Qualitative Research; Kingdom of Bahrain.