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Special Issue "Technology & Engineering Education"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Education and Approaches".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Francisco Zamora-Polo

Department of Mechanical, Energetic and Materials Engineering, School of Industrial Engineering, University of Extremadura, Avda. de Elvas s/n 06006 Badajoz (Spain)
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Interests: New methodologies in engineering teaching (use of ICTs, gamification and flipped classroom in university context); BIM and sustainability in the construction sector
Guest Editor
Dr. Jesús Sánchez Martín

Department of Science and Mathematics Education, Faculty of Education, University of Extremadura, Avda. de Elvas s/n 06006 Badajoz (Spain)
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Interests: Science and technology education; gamification; flipped classroom and other active learning methods for university education

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Two of the main challenges facing humanity are the care of the environment and the reduction of growing inequality. After the relative success of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) [1], the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) proposed by United Nations constitute an agenda for the period between 2015 and 2030 [2]. Without doubt, education was a leverage factor in the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, and today is a key factor for compliance with the SDGs. Firstly, because some of them are directly related to education, (for example, SDG number 4) and secondly because many of them require technical training for their attainment [3]. Thus, UNESCO has established a set of learning objectives to contribute to the achievement of SDG [4].

Clearly, technology and engineering are closely linked with sustainability and the achievement of SDGs [5]. In fact, some authors have criticized the overly technological nature of the SDGs [6]. It may be interesting to analyze new experiences and methodologies that explore the relationship between engineering, education, and technology and sustainability in order to train professionals and citizens who are more aware of and can contribute to achieving SDGs.

This Special Issue aims to analyze educational experiences in the field of sustainability in engineering and technology education at different educational levels, from primary education to university levels. It is open to formal and informal education initiatives, to the development of courses on sustainability or to the development of competence across the curriculum. Theoretical reflections that address the relationship between engineering and technology education and sustainability are also welcome.


  1. Sachs, J. D. From Millennium Development Goals to Sustainable Development Goals. Lancet 2012, 379, 2206–2211, doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(12)60685-0.
  2. General Assembly of United Nations Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 25 September 2015 Available online: http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/RES/70/1&Lang=E (accessed on Nov 7, 2018).
  3. Dlouhá, J.; Pospíšilová, M. Education for Sustainable Development Goals in public debate: The importance of participatory research in reflecting and supporting the consultation process in developing a vision for Czech education. J. Clean. Prod. 2018, 172, 4314–4327, doi:10.1016/J.JCLEPRO.2017.06.145.
  4. UNESCO Education for Sustainable Development Goals. Learning Objectives Available online: http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0024/002474/247444e.pdf (accessed on Nov 7, 2018).
  5. Pérez-Foguet, A.; Lazzarini, B.; Giné, R.; Velo, E.; Boni, A.; Sierra, M.; Zolezzi, G.; Trimingham, R. Promoting sustainable human development in engineering: Assessment of online courses within continuing professional development strategies. J. Clean. Prod. 2018, 172, 4286–4302, doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.06.244.
  6. Boni, A.; Lopez-Fogues, A.; Walker, M. Higher education and the post-2015 agenda: a contribution from the human development approach. J. Glob. Ethics 2016, 12, 17–28, doi:10.1080/17449626.2016.1148757.

Dr. Francisco Zamora-Polo
Dr. Jesús Sánchez Martín
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Engineering Education
  • Technology Education
  • Primary Education
  • Secondary School
  • Higher Education
  • New methodologies in education
  • Sustainable Development Goals
  • Cooperation for Development

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