Bill Scott's blog

Thoughts on learning, sustainability and the link between them

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  • Weirdest journal article title of the year

    Although the competition is always fierce for this title, and there is a distinct people in glass houses element to my commenting on it at all, the following paper must surely have very short odds with the bookies this year:...

  • Talking Rubbish

    The benefit of belonging to the EAUC Member list is not just that you are kept up to date with issues that universities are trying (and often succeeding) to resolve, but also that eagle-eyed members share interesting events that they...

  • The Significance of a Missing s

    This text was sent to the EAUC's SHED-SHARE Maillist last week: I have been engaged in the dialogues leading up to Rio+20 through the PrepComs and seen various texts which will be informing the policy positions and statements arising from...

  • Back when Legends and History Collide

    A good day in Birmingham on Saturday chairing NAEE's AGM.   I wrote this recently for an Association News Bulletin: The argument that education programmes should help (young) people to have a critical understanding of the relationship between the environment quality...

  • The World's Worst Questionnaire – competition intensifies

    I received this today from EAUC: EAUC, Australasia Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS) and the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE - North America) have been collaborating to develop a mechanism for the worldwide tertiary education community to collectively...

  • A question from Kerry Shephard – and a response of sorts

    Otago University's Kerry Shephard writes to SHED-share ... I have run an annual academic professional development event (a workshop) on 'Education for Sustainability' at my HE institution for the past five years. It supports what must be identified as a...

  • Sustainable Development, I presume?

    In the latest edition of Sustainability Now, from Sustainability South West, SSW Director Leslie Watson writes: Should our planning system enshrine ‘a presumption in favour of sustainable development’?  Of course it should – presuming it is clear about the definition...

  • Blogging about writing about blogging

    Last year, the Open University's Gill Kirkup published Academic blogging: academic practice and academic identity in the London Review of Education.  Although this is a small study, I found it a thoughtful reflection on the purposes, practices (and pitfalls) of...

  • Unesco appoints Head of ESD – sort of

    Unesco has appointed a new director of ESD.  A Unesco insider announced this yesterday at a meeting I attended, but knowledge being power, they declined to share the details.  What a tease! They did say, however, that the post would...

  • I watched a party-political broadcast last night, and ...

    There seemed nothing to disagree with or take exception to in this PP Broadcast which is an odd thing to say, given that much of what you hear in the usual PPBs  is either tendentious or "consciously dishonest" as Orwell...