Why use Problem-Based Learning for Sustainability Education?

Many educators believe that the ideal pedagogies for the development of sustainability literacy are those which enable students to develop practical problem solving skills in real-life sustainability contexts; pedagogies which are student-centred, active, experiential, collaborative, practical, contextual, skills-focused and problem-based. The broad area of 'sustainability' is ideally suited to PBL because the problems are complex, and their multidisciplinarity makes them well-suited to group-based exploration. A PBL approach provides genuine opportunities for students to tackle current sustainability issues within their immediate environment.

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We believe that successful PBL is capable of providing deep and transformative sustainability education and developing the skills needed to ensure graduates become active agents of positive change for sustainable development.

UNESCO Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD) Publication