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Type: Journal article
Title: Climate change adaptation in Australia: Education, training and achieving social and political outcomes
Author: Nursey-Bray, M.
Citation: International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management, 2010; 2(4):393-402
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Ltd
Issue Date: 2010
ISSN: 1756-8692
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Melissa Nursey-Bray
Abstract: Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to investigate the development of climate change adaptation curricula. Instituting adaptation frameworks that can assist professionals to respond to climate change, yet be tailored to specific sectoral needs is crucial. Professionals working at the coalface of the climate change challenge need to build new skills and create innovative solutions in social and political contexts. Design/methodology/approach – Using case studies, this paper reflects on the experience of developing climate change curricula at multiple levels and the obstacles to implementation of the links between curriculum and practice. This includes reflections on the necessity of interlinking political, social and economic aspects together in delivery of such a course. Findings – The paper finds that a strictly content – based approach to curriculum development is inadequate. The context of an issue like climate change requires attention to the specific needs of the target audience, in addition to delivery of generic content, so as to achieve the industry uptake critical to ensuring social and political objectives are implemented on the ground. Originality/value – The paper concludes by examining the utility of such educational initiatives to build community resilience, forge networks between multiple sectors and contribute to achieving social/institutional, political and economic outcomes for adaptation to climate change.
Keywords: Global warming; Curricula; Australia; Education and training.
Rights: © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
RMID: 0020104158
DOI: 10.1108/17568691011089918
Appears in Collections:Geography, Environment and Population publications
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