Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Contextual Learning for Sustainability

  • Aida GuerraEmail author
  • Jette E. Holgaard
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_340



The Cambridge Dictionary (2019) defines context as “the situation within which something exists or happens, and that can help explain it.” On an analytical level, this definition implies a distinction between text (the something) and context (the situation in which this something is involved).

Contextual Layers

Contextual layers are analytical distinctions to characterize distinct interrelations between text and context. For example, and related to the Science, Technology, and Science (STS) field, a contextual layer can included contexts of technology in its materialized form (e.g., context of use), contexts of technology in an institutionalized form (e.g., standardizations), and contexts of technology in a discursive form (e.g., a public debate). Other analytical distinctions can refer to contexts on micro-, meso-, and macrolevels.

Authentic Problems

In a Problem-Based Learning (PBL) environment, authentic problems are social constructs that represent a discrepancy...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Aalborg Centre for Problem Based Learning in Engineering Science and Sustainability under the auspices of UNESCO, Aalborg UniversityAalborgDenmark
  2. 2.Department of Planning, Aalborg UniversityAalborgDenmark

Section editors and affiliations

  • Judy Rogers
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Architecture and Design,Program Manager, Master of Disaster Design and DevelopmentRMIT UniversityMelbourneAustralia