Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Service-Learning and Sustainability Education

  • Tony WallEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_227



Service learning has been described as a philosophy, pedagogy, and a program underpinned by learning through experience and reciprocity (mutual development). Service learning as an approach to sustainability education adopts these ideas toward aspects of sustainable development (e.g., supporting community resilience, recycling, or local health promotion).


In the context of higher education, service-learning has been adopted for various dimensions of sustainability education across disciplines including environmental studies (Helicke 2014), engineering (Seay et al. 2016), entrepreneurship (Niehm et al. 2015), nursing (Dalmida et al. 2016),...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.International Thriving at Work Research GroupUniversity of ChesterChesterUK
  2. 2.Centre for Work Related StudiesUniversity of ChesterChesterUK

Section editors and affiliations

  • Ingrid Molderez
    • 1
  1. 1.KU LeuvenLeuvenBelgium