We are happy to announce that the conference website now features key questions for contributions. Submissions will be possible as of late January 2020. The Summit will enable participants from a number of different stakeholder and expert groups interested in transformation towards sustainable development to meet beyond their “natural borders” and to discuss both research and practice-related issues.
In the recent past, transformative learning has gained importance in formal education, with an interest that is now increasingly coming from higher education institutions, especially in relation to sustainable development. To date, however, little systematic knowledge and experiences exist on transformative learning at tertiary level, on what it implies for teaching and learning arrangements, on what challenges need to be met when developing courses and curricula, on the competences faculty staff need to have, on what structures are needed to support development of transformative learning and corresponding professional development at tertiary level, on what this implies for higher education institutions, educational policy, and quality assurance systems, on what active role students can play in fostering transformative learning for sustainable development, and on how this influences the relation between higher education institutions and society.
An additional, rarely addressed issue is that – while research on the different stakeholders involved in higher education policy and practice exists – there are very few opportunities for the relevant actors to enter into an exchange about the implications of integrating transformative learning and sustainable development into the higher education system. Rarely do the relevant communities talk to each other and reflect together on how the challenges can be jointly addressed.
The conference organizers have formulated a series of challenges and related questions that will constitute the core of debates and interaction during the Higher Education Summit. #HES2020 will enable participants from a number of different stakeholder and expert groups interested in transformation towards sustainable development to meet beyond their “natural borders” and to discuss both research and practice-related issues.
Submissions will be possible as of late January 2020.