Implementing Sustainable Development through Problem-Based Learning: Pedagogy and Practice

TitleImplementing Sustainable Development through Problem-Based Learning: Pedagogy and Practice
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsSteinemann, A
JournalJournal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education & Practice
Date Published2003
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number10523928
KeywordsACTIVE , economic , PROBLEM , Problem-Based , sustainable
AbstractThis paper presents an approach for implementing sustainability within a university environment, and for helping students become more effective problem solvers and professionals. In a “Sustainable Urban Development” course, taught by the writer, students develop projects to make their campus and community more sustainable. In the process, students learn how to analyze sustainability, work with decision makers, and put classroom knowledge into practice. Further, through this course’s emphasis on problem-based learning, students acquire critical cognitive skills and professional skills as they tackle complex, interdisciplinary, and real-world problems. Systematic evaluations of the course offer useful lessons. For instance, while students benefited from hands-on experience with sustainability, the university benefited from students’ work. Another is how to demonstrate and quantify benefits from sustainability, which is vital to gaining support. Yet another is how to enable students to learn from both successful and unsuccessful attempts to implement ideas. 
NotesSteinemann, Anne 1; Affiliation: 1: Associate Professor, City and Regional Planning Program, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 30332-0155.; Source Info: Oct2003, Vol. 129 Issue 4, p216; Subject Term: SUSTAINABLE development; Subject Term: PROBLEM-based learning; Subject Term: ECONOMIC development -- Environmental aspects; Subject Term: ECONOMIC development; Subject Term: ACTIVE learning; Subject Term: PROBLEM solving; NAICS/Industry Codes: 926110 Administration of General Economic Programs; Number of Pages: 9p; Document Type: Article