Whilst the importance of mainstreaming sustainability in higher
education curricula is widely acknowledged, the challenge for
educators at university level is to develop authority and
confidence in an area dominated by limited knowledge and uncertainty.
This article suggests that the most empowering and authentic response is
to adopt an approach of shared learning. This is an
approach to learning and teaching more familiar in areas of craft
learning, characterised by apprenticeship and learning-by-doing. The author suggests that sustainability
education is best undertaken within a community and in place, rather
than abstractly and in the classroom.