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Climate fiction and young learners' thoughts - a dialogue between literature and education
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of language studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5265-6421
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of applied educational science.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4388-7970
2021 (English)In: Environmental Education Research, ISSN 1350-4622, E-ISSN 1469-5871, Vol. 27, no 5, p. 727-742Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Via thematic content analysis, this article combines approaches from educational and literary research to explore representations of nature, climate change and sustainability by children in their own reflections and for children in fiction. The primary materials consist of ethnographic studies conducted in Swedish schools in 2011 and 2013, and of close readings of Julie Bertagna's trilogy Exodus (2002), Zenith (2003), and Aurora (2011). Representations by young learners, as well as themes in climate fiction, reflect concerns regarding climate change, a critical awareness of anthropogenic influences, and a conviction that cooperation is essential to promote change. Speculative climate fiction can assist when re-thinking current structures and patterns by letting readers encounter possible scenarios in a safe space, in this way broadening discussions regarding future sustainability. We identify a number of contact points between our materials and suggest how findings point to bright spots when re-thinking the role of literature in education for sustainable development (ESD) and, conversely, the importance of young learners' voices within ESD for literature studies.

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Routledge, 2021. Vol. 27, no 5, p. 727-742
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ESD, climate fiction, representations, young learners, climate change
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-178367DOI: 10.1080/13504622.2020.1856345ISI: 000596623100001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85097195136OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-178367DiVA, id: diva2:1516503
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Errata: Lindgren Leavenworth, M. & Manni, A. Climate fiction and young learners' thoughts - a dialogue between literature and education. Environmental Education Research, DOI: 10.1080/13504622.2021.1873623

Available from: 2021-01-12 Created: 2021-01-12 Last updated: 2023-03-24Bibliographically approved

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