Special Issue "Education, Innovation and Training for Sustainable Development in the Context of COVID-19"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. José Antonio Marín-Marín
Website SciProfiles
Guest Editor
Departent of Didactics and School Organization, University of Granada, 18010 Granada, Spain
Interests: educational guidance; teacher training; social education; educational technology; sustainability education; educational innovation; active methodologies; gamification; digital skills
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Dr. Santiago Alonso-García
Website SciProfiles
Guest Editor
Departent of Didactics and School Organization, University of Granada, 18010 Granada, Spain
Interests: teacher training; early childhood education; educational technology; sustainability education; social networks; educational innovation; active methodologies.
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Dr. Fernando José Sadio-Ramos
Guest Editor
Department of Education, Polytechnic of Coimbra, 3045-093 Coimbra, Portugal
Interests: teacher training; curriculum development; ethics and citizenship; sociocultural animation; educational deontology; human rights and citizenship education; bio-narrative research; curricular sustainability

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In 2015, the UN approved the Agenda 2030 on Sustainable Development, with the intention of stopping the gaps from growing and gradually closing them. These 17 Sustainable Development Goals are presented as a master plan that covers the most painful global challenges for the knowledge society; here, we shall address Goal 4 of quality education. Education enables upward socioeconomic mobility and is key to escaping poverty and closing social gaps; however, approximately one fifth of the world's school-age population is not in school.

This situation is compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has led to the temporary closure of schools, affecting more than 90% of students worldwide. This situation has influenced the quality of their learning and dramatically changed their lives, especially those of the most vulnerable and marginalized children.

The use of active learning methodologies with the use of information and communication technologies is essential, as they improve the perception of learning and facilitate the teaching process. Therefore, this Special Issue seeks experiences and research that address issues related to active methodologies, online education, learning communities, gender equity, measures to reduce school dropout, and school literacy experiences and sustainability in the face of COVID-19, among other aspects addressed in the keywords.

We believe that this Special Issue is timely for Sustainability because of the potential of the topic, since it covers an important area, quality education, highlighted by the UN 2020–2030 agenda’s SDGs. Due to this, we expect to receive a significant amount of manuscripts. As this is a topic of special relevance in the field of education, it is expected that this Special Issue will set a precedent and serve as a reference in the subject of today’s sustainable educational challenges. Therefore, it is expected that it will be highly consulted and cited.

Dr. José Antonio Marín-Marín
Dr. Santiago Alonso-García
Dr. Fernando José Sadio-Ramos
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • quality education
  • COVID-19
  • sustainability
  • teacher training
  • educational innovation
  • active methodologies
  • ecosystem learning
  • 21st-century skills
  • sustainable development goals
  • information and communication technologies
  • inclusive education

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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