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Conditions for Transformative Learning for Sustainable Development: A Theoretical Review and Approach
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. (Transformativt Lärande för Hållbar Utveckling)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7215-2623
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. (Transformativt Lärande för Hållbar Utveckling)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0699-1434
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. (Transformativt Lärande för Hållbar Utveckling)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8695-4504
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. (Transformativt Lärande för Hållbar Utveckling)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1495-8346
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2018 (English)In: Sustainability, ISSN 2071-1050, E-ISSN 2071-1050, Vol. 10, no 12, article id 4479Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Continued unsustainability and surpassed planetary boundaries require not only scientific and technological advances, but deep and enduring social and cultural changes. The purpose of this article is to contribute a theoretical approach to understand conditions and constraints for societal change towards sustainable development. In order to break with unsustainable norms, habits, practices, and structures, there is a need for learning for transformation, not only adaption. Based on a critical literature review within the field of learning for sustainable development, our approach is a development of the concept of transformative learning, by integrating three additional dimensions—Institutional Structures, Social Practices, and Conflict Perspectives. This approach acknowledges conflicts on macro, meso, and micro levels, as well as structural and cultural constraints. It contends that transformative learning is processual, interactional, long-term, and cumbersome. It takes place within existing institutions and social practices, while also transcending them. The article adopts an interdisciplinary social science perspective that acknowledges the importance of transformative learning in order for communities, organizations, and individuals to be able to deal with global sustainability problems, acknowledging the societal and personal conflicts involved in such transformation.

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MDPI, 2018. Vol. 10, no 12, article id 4479
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conflict, institutional, learning, social change, social practice, structure, transformative
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-70403DOI: 10.3390/su10124479ISI: 000455338100145Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85057440663OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-70403DiVA, id: diva2:1267490
Available from: 2018-12-03 Created: 2018-12-03 Last updated: 2019-01-29Bibliographically approved

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Boström, MagnusAndersson, ErikBerg, MonikaGustafsson, Karin MGustavsson, EvaHysing, ErikLidskog, RolfLöfmarck, ErikOjala, MariaOlsson, JanSvenberg, SebastianUggla, YlvaÖhman, Johan

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