U.S. and international community-based sustainability projects for deep learning

W. O'Brien*, J. Sarkis

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This chapter uses a generic framework for deep learning to help evaluate how one such higher education program located at Worcester Polytechnic Institute fits this framework. Data on learning outcomes provides quantitative support from sustainability-related, community-based projects conducted on an international level. The use of such projects dealing with sustainability issues both locally and globally is detailed with potential application to similar programs as part of a sustainability education curriculum. This analysis provides an opportunity to identify and characterize community-based sustainability projects and their contribution to higher order, integrative, and reflective learning. We present lessons learned and directions for further research with their practical implications.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSustainability in Higher Education
Number of pages15
PublisherElsevier Ltd
Publication date27.08.2015
ISBN (Print)9780081003671
ISBN (Electronic)9780081003756
Publication statusPublished - 27.08.2015
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter


  • 512 Business and Management
  • Community-based projects
  • Engineering education
  • Experiential learning
  • Deep learning
  • High impact educational practices
  • Stakeholder management
  • Study away
  • Sustainable development


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