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Student Competitions as a Learning Method with a Sustainable Focus in Higher Education: The University of Seville “Aura Projects” in the “Solar Decathlon 2019”

Instituto Universitario de Arquitectura y Ciencias de la Construcción, Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura, Universidad de Sevilla, Av. de Reina Mercedes 2, 41012 Seville, Spain
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Sustainability 2020, 12(4), 1634; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12041634
Received: 7 January 2020 / Revised: 19 February 2020 / Accepted: 19 February 2020 / Published: 21 February 2020
In recent times, teaching in higher education has undergone a significant transformation. Current advances and innovative proposals in educational science research are centred around a transdisciplinary approach, the so-called integrated curriculum and the incorporation of the transversal concept of sustainability. In summary, the so-called learning processes through problem-solving. The Solar Decathlon Competition is the most prestigious international university student competition for sustainable habitat. The aim of this article is to show how the Aura Strategy, developed by the University of Seville Solar Decathlon Team to participate in the Solar Decathlon 2019 Latin America and Europe competitions, is aligned with the aforementioned proposals. Among the results, the generation of a transforming teaching network of the departmental structures in the University of Seville is to be highlighted. These transformations in teaching lead students to new, broader and more holistic approaches to study, as well as new capabilities and skills. The question of interdisciplinarity requires new tools and research lines to achieve successful implementation in higher education, and the participation in the Solar Decathlon Competition is one of them. View Full-Text
Keywords: education; transdisciplinarity; innovation; competition; habitat; social sustainability; learning environments education; transdisciplinarity; innovation; competition; habitat; social sustainability; learning environments
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Herrera-Limones, R.; Rey-Pérez, J.; Hernández-Valencia, M.; Roa-Fernández, J. Student Competitions as a Learning Method with a Sustainable Focus in Higher Education: The University of Seville “Aura Projects” in the “Solar Decathlon 2019”. Sustainability 2020, 12, 1634. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12041634

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Herrera-Limones R, Rey-Pérez J, Hernández-Valencia M, Roa-Fernández J. Student Competitions as a Learning Method with a Sustainable Focus in Higher Education: The University of Seville “Aura Projects” in the “Solar Decathlon 2019”. Sustainability. 2020; 12(4):1634. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12041634

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Herrera-Limones, Rafael; Rey-Pérez, Julia; Hernández-Valencia, Miguel; Roa-Fernández, Jorge. 2020. "Student Competitions as a Learning Method with a Sustainable Focus in Higher Education: The University of Seville “Aura Projects” in the “Solar Decathlon 2019”" Sustainability 12, no. 4: 1634. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12041634

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