Futures loss, despair and empowerment work in the University of Vechta: an action research project

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In the University of Vechta, a course ‘Sustainability and the future’ is presented each semester as part of an action research project. is action research project links students and researcher as co-creators of knowledge, specifically researching what can help foster their anticipatory competence (AC). AC is the competence to engage successfully with the future, manage uncertainty and understand key concepts such as the idea of multiple futures and the ability of the future to be shaped. In the action research cycle of designing, delivering, evaluating and then modifying the course in response to emerging themes, one modified method has stood out in addressing a key operationalised aspect of AC – hope and fear in the face of futures loss. is method, that continues to inspire and engage students and reframe their place in connection to their future, Joanna Macy’s ‘despair and empowerment work’, is discussed in more detail.
TitelEnvisioning Futures for Environmental and Sustainability Education
HerausgeberPeter Blaze Corcoran, Joseph P. Weakland, Arjen E. J. Wals
Anzahl der Seiten14
VerlagWageningen Academic Publishers
ISBN (Print)978-90-8686-303-7
ISBN (elektronisch)978-90-8686-846-9
PublikationsstatusErschienen - 2017
Extern publiziertJa