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Sustainability, Higher Education and the Learning Society.

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Journal publication date02/2002
JournalEnvironmental Education Research
Number of pages7
Original languageEnglish


The Dearing Report emphasised the idea of a 'learning society' as the new context of UK higher education, but conceived this on a model of adaptivity to economically- and technologically-driven change. While there are real shifts in their social relations here with which universities have to reckon, they can also be understood on a much richer model of exploratory social intelligence. The growing concern for environmental sustainability is both a recognition of the need for this alternative model, and a major ground of its importance.