1st Edition

Experiential Learning and Community Partnerships for Sustainable Development A Foundational Model for Climate Action

    128 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book addresses the growing demand for applied experiences that move students beyond learning into the realm of doing by supporting the development of skills and competencies that align with emerging areas of innovation and work. It considers the urgent need to promote and invest in skills aligned with sustainable development, such as those needed to analyse and mitigate climate change. The authors argue that this challenge provides an opportunity to reimagine the use of experiential learning, connecting students with community-based partners doing the work of sustainable development around the world. Featuring compelling case studies of project partners in Nigeria, Uganda and Tanzania working to address the complexities of climate change, they offer a practical model for implementing experiential learning that can be translated and scaled across sectors and resource environments. It is aimed at scholars and educators working across higher education and international education with interests in digital and experiential education.

    Part 1: Expecting More from Experiential Learning  1. A Case for Project Challenges  2. Activating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)  3. Community-Based Partners  4. Mentors, Teachers, and Content Experts  Part 2: A Scalable Model  5. Creating a Project Portal  6. PEARL Engagement Framework  7. Leveraging Digital Badges  8. Curricular Versatility  Part 3: Partners, Projects, and Students  9. Empowering Women Farmers in Uganda, written with Deo Mbabazi  10. Addressing Vulnerability with Community Technologies in Tanzania, written with Kennedy Mahili  11. Youth Engagement in Nakivale Refugee Settlement, Uganda, written with Mblizi Kalombo  12. Transforming Basic Education in Enugu Nigeria, written with Professor Ndubueze Mbah  13. Featured Partners and their Engagement with the SDGs  Part 4: Synergies and Broader Impacts  14. STEM Education and Global Climate Change  15. Geospatial Technologies and Open Science  16. NASA Globe and the Sustainable Development Goals  17.  Ecorestoration and Regenerative Agriculture, written with Hart Hagan  Epilogue: Putting our Partners on the Map  Appendix: Featured Technology-Supported Tools and Resources


    Mara Huber is Director of Teaching Innovation and Transformation at the University at Buffalo Office of Curriculum, Assessment and Teaching Transformation (CATT).

    Michael Jabot is SUNY Distinguished Professor of Science Education at the State University of New York at Fredonia, USA.

    Christina Heath is Administrative Director of the Experiential Learning Network, University at Buffalo, USA.

    "The tremendous value of the approach laid out in Experiential Learning and Community Partnerships for Sustainable Development is that it gives students the opportunity to experience their own power and agency to impact the world in a positive way."

    Sally Crimmins Villela, Associate Vice Chancellor for Global Affairs and Senior International Officer, The State University of New York 

    "Experiential Learning and Community Partnerships for Sustainable Development is a treasure. It’s like a handbook for lost students like me. If only I had this in my freshman year."

    Muhammed MoinuddinMechanical Engineering student, University at Buffalo