Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Constructivism and Sustainable Development

  • Qudsia KalsoomEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_7


Constructivism and sustainable development may be defined as a dynamic relationship between knowledge construction, learning, and sustainability. The relationship is complex because of the complexity of the concepts of constructivism and sustainability. In this relationship, constructivism is both an antecedent condition for sustainable development and a process of sustainable development. The problems of sustainability are not fixed but rather fluid and uncertain. To address the ever-changing and emerging problems of sustainability, constructivist solutions are needed because they capture the complexity of the phenomenon. Constructivist solutions involve sub-processes of constructivist thinking, constructivist practices, and constructivist knowledge creation.


Constructivism and sustainable development are closely linked. Constructivism is a theory of learning as well as a philosophical position, while sustainable development is an ideal to be achieved....

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of EducationBeaconhouse National UniversityLahorePakistan

Section editors and affiliations

  • Luciana Brandli
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Passo FundoPasso FundoBrazil