Upcycling for teaching and learning in higher education: Literature review
Upcycling is creation or modification of any product from used materials, components and products which is of equal or higher quality or value than the compositional elements. Upcycling, in principle, increases material efficiency, reduces waste, energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, and creates employment opportunities. When scaled up to a meaningful level, it could, in theory, contribute significantly to achieving multiple Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For such potential benefits, upcycling has been practiced in households and businesses, and existing studies have reported on these cases. Relatively little attention has been paid to how universities have utilised upcycling for teaching and learning activities. This paper therefore aims to provide a literature review on the use of upcycling for and in higher education. Systematic literature review was conducted. The results present how upcycling concept and practice have been used as contents, media or tools for teaching sustainability and sustainable practices at universities across countries. This paper extends our understanding of upcycling in the context of higher education for sustainability. The practical implication is that any future university initiatives relating to SDGs could be informed about the applicability and usefulness of upcycling in their initiatives.
Citation : Sung, K. (2020) Upcycling for teaching and learning in higher education: Literature review. In: Filho, W., Salvia, A., Pretorius, R., Brandli, L., Manolas, E., Fatima Alves, F., Azeiteiro, U., Rogers, J., Shiel, C., and Paco, A. (Eds.) Universities as Living Labs for Sustainable Development: Supporting the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, Heidelberg: Springer. pp. 371-382.
ISBN : 9783030156046
Research Institute : Institute of Art and Design
Peer Reviewed : Yes
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