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Applied Education for Sustainable Development: A Case Study with Plastic Resource Education

  • Siu-Kit YeungEmail author
  • Cheuk-Fai Chow
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69902-8_84-1


Applied education emphasizes the importance of learning by engaging in direct application of skills, theories, and models. The knowledge and skills are acquired in hands-on and/or real-world context. Applied education is often solution-oriented; through problem-based projects, independent or directed research, and internship, students can apply their learning to actual situations for problem-solving. Many applied learning activities occur outside of traditional classrooms, but some can be performed in-classroom.


In this entry, a brief history of the concept “applied education” is firstly introduced, followed by its significances in the context of education for sustainable development (ESD). Different from many other subjects that focus solely on cognitive learning outcomes, it is generally accepted that ESD emphasizes on the development of both cognitive and affective attributes. With this unique nature of ESD, pedagogies that fit the concept of applied...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Faculty of Education and Social WorkThe University of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand
  2. 2.Department of Science and Environmental Studies and Centre for Education in Environmental Sustainability (CEES)The Education University of Hong KongTai PoHong Kong

Section editors and affiliations

  • Olivia A. M. Freeman
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  1. 1.Journal of Advanced Cognitive EngineersSociety of Cognitive EngineersMELBOURNEUSA