Our Approach: Instructional Design

Educating for sustainability requires transdisciplinary learning in which students construct and integrate knowledge across disciplines, and apply it to address real community problems. Framing inquiry as a narrative can support this.

In this approach to instructional design, learning unfolds as a “story” driven by questions that emerge through in-depth investigations. In the narrative, students (and other stakeholders) are characters, communities are the setting, and sustainability challenges form interconnecting plot lines. Students live and shape the story in a four-stage process of engagement, deep inquiry, decision-making, and positive action.

Learners enter the story as they explore how the topics connect to their lives and communities. Next, learners develop a deep knowledge base as they investigate connected, interdisciplinary subplots. As they reach the cliffhanger, learners evaluate decisions and then shape an ending that creates positive change.

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