Changing professional demands in sustainable regional development: a curriculum design process to meet transboundary competence

Angelique Lansu*, Jo Boon, Peter Sloep, Rietje van Dam-Mieras

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    Abstract

    Within a region, public sector organisations, private sector organisations and knowledge institutions all have a stake in finding novel ways to face tomorrow’s demands. In this paper we focus on the enhanced role of universities within the social network of our increasingly knowledge based society. The regional level of this study is the cross-border Rhine-Scheldt Delta and its knowledge network on sustainable innovations in water management. The challenge of sustainable development implies a frequent crossing of boundaries between disciplines and stakeholder perspectives and leads to what is called transboundary competence. This paper considers the implications of changing professional demands in the domain of sustainability from the point of view of the university. It addresses the research questions: How can a university incorporate transboundary competence in its view on learning and curriculum development? And how can the academic quality of learning outcomes be guaranteed in such curricula designed to meet the needs of stakeholders? Proposed is a design process based on open curriculum development in interaction with the workfield. The design process has been tested in the design of a blended learning Master in Delta Water Management.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)123-133
    Number of pages11
    JournalJournal of Cleaner Production. [Special Issue: Learning for Sustainable Development in Regional Networks] (2012)
    Volume49
    Early online date26 Oct 2012
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2013

    Keywords

    • Sustainable regional development
    • transboundary competence
    • open curriculum design
    • networked learning
    • professional competence
    • water management
    • Rhine-Scheldt Delta

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