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Theory-Practice Integration and Sustainability

  • Petra SchneiderEmail author
  • Frido Reinstorf
  • Raúl F. Vázquez Z
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69902-8_10-1



According to Collin and Tynjälä (2003), the integration of theory and practice has been recognized as one of the key questions in the development of professional expertise and vocational competence. The integration of theory and practice supports a holistic view on economic, social, and environmental issues and highlights systemic thinking as well as theory-practice integration (TPI) in the educational context. A comprehensive approach to reach this scope is the Teaching-Research-Practice Nexus as framework for bridging potential gaps in education, that is, research and practice and teaching and practice, but also their interrelation with policy. TPI addresses sustainability in its whole dimension and is, as such, relevant for all SDGs. The global aim is anchoring sustainability in all dimensions of daily life as well as on all educational levels. SDG 4 is about quality education for all, and TPI is a powerful instrument on all...

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The current manuscript was prepared in the context of the development of the project “Water Management and Climate Change in the Focus of International Master Programs (WATERMAS),” funded by the Erasmus+ Program of the European Union. In this regard, this manuscript reflects only the views of the authors; as such, the European Union cannot be held responsible for these views or any future use of them.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Petra Schneider
    • 1
    Email author
  • Frido Reinstorf
    • 1
  • Raúl F. Vázquez Z
    • 2
  1. 1.Department Water, Environment, Civil Engineering and SafetyUniversity of Applied Sciences Magdeburg-StendalMagdeburgGermany
  2. 2.Dirección de Investigación (DIUC)University of CuencaCuencaEcuador

Section editors and affiliations

  • Rudi Pretorius
    • 1
  1. 1.University of South AfricaPretoriaSouth Africa