Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Experiential Teaching and Sustainable Development

  • Kim WahlEmail author
  • Joy Kcenia O’Neil
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_212


Experiential teaching for sustainable development is a hands-on, practice-based teaching approach that fosters student learning and change towards building sustainable societies.


Experiential teaching draws from the theory and philosophy of experiential learning. Early seminal thinker, John Dewey, introduced the idea of “learning by doing.” Over time, experiential learning has been adapted and adopted to practice. Practice is not limited to K-12 education; it has migrated into higher education in recent years. Experiential teaching goes hand in hand with sustainability education. This is because sustainability education advocates for educating for change. Students can enact change through novel ways of thinking and teaching in higher education. Some of these ways include systems thinking and place-based learning. Teaching methods can include, but are not limited to, experiences such as expeditionary education and problem-based, project-based, and community-based...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Wisconsin-Stevens PointStevens PointUSA
  2. 2.School of Education, College of Professional Studies, University of Wisconsin Stevens PointStevens PointUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Ingrid Molderez
    • 1
  1. 1.KU LeuvenLeuvenBelgium