Applying the Richard E. Gross Problem-Solving Model: Whistleblowing and the Environment, the Case of Avco Environmental
Evangelos Manolas, Stilianos Tampakis Abstract Purpose: This paper presents an application of a problem-solving model where students try to solve a “real world” environmental problem similar to those they would face as professionals. In their efforts to find a solution they develop skills in collecting, evaluating and synthesizing resources and assume greater responsi- bility for their own learning. Design/methodology/approach: Following presentation of the steps of the Ri- chard E. Gross problem-solving model, the paper attempts to apply the model to a problem faced by an employee working for a small toxic-waste disposal com- pany. Originality/value: The approach presented in the paper may promote students’ empowerment for learning to link sustainability principles to “real world” problems to a greater extent than is achieved by traditional instructional practices, such as lectures. Introduction The importance of universities in applying and promoting sustainability prin- ciples has long been established. This is shown not only by various international declarations and agreements, e.g. the Talloires Declaration, the Earth Summit Agreements, but also by actual practices in a variety of areas linked to university life and, in particular, policy, research, education, infrastructure, and outreach (Steine- mann 2003). This paper focuses on the role and responsibilities of universities with regard to education and, in particular, that aspect of education which concentrates on active learning practices as opposed to traditional methods such as lectures. In particular, it focuses on the use of problem-based learning (PBL) in the classroom. 32 Evangelos Manolas, Stilianos Tampakis The lecture method is one of...
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