Experiential Learning for Sustainability By Dr. Anjali G. Kirkinde


This article explores the concept of experiential learning for sustainability, an educational approach that immerses learners in practical, real-world experiences to deepen their understanding of sustainability principles and practices. Experiential learning engages students actively, encourages critical thinking, and fosters problem-solving skills as they grapple with complex sustainability challenges. It promotes a holistic understanding of sustainability by showcasing its interconnected economic, social, and environmental dimensions. Furthermore, this approach instils a sense of environmental stewardship, community engagement, and interdisciplinary collaboration. By offering hands-on experiences, such as internships, fieldwork, and community projects, experiential learning equips students with the knowledge, skills, and values necessary to become effective agents of positive change in the world. This article highlights the benefits of experiential learning for sustainability and offers various examples of how it can be implemented. It underscores the importance of integrating experiential learning into sustainability education, emphasizing that sustainable development demands not just theoretical knowledge but also practical experience and a commitment to responsible action.

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