Mapping what young students understand and value regarding sustainable development
2013 (English)In: International Electronic Journal of Environmental Education, ISSN 2146-0329, Vol. 3, no 1, 17-35 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This paper presents the results of a study carried out to investigate how 10-12 year old Swedish students understand and value the issue of sustainable development. The responses from openended questions in a questionnaire have been analyzed through a content analysis based on a phenomenographic approach. The results show that there are considerable variations in the level of understandings and the values related to the three aspects of sustainable development. Understanding within as well as between the aspects is noted, with students having the most difficulty in seeing the relationships between all three aspects, i.e. a holistic understanding. Furthermore, students’ understanding and values are often expressed in an integrated way i.e. expressed in the same sentence. The variations, complex understandings, and expressions of understandings and values are discussed in relation to earlier research with a focus on ethical issues and systems thinking.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 3, no 1, 17-35 p.
Education for sustainable development, levels of understanding, values, student perspective, ethical reflections
Research subject educational work
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-63809OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-63809DiVA: diva2:583840