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Principles for sustainable development teaching
Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden. (SMED)
Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium. (SMED)
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. (SMED)
2019 (English)In: Sustainable Development Teaching: Ethical and Political Challenges / [ed] Katrien Van Poeck, Leif Östman and Johan Öhman, Milton Park and New York: Routledge, 2019, p. 40-56Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter focuses on how sustainability issues bring about specific challenges for teaching. The authors highlight the need to move beyond traditional ‘schooling’ practices and formulate five principles for designing sustainable development teaching: (1) create engagement for the content of teaching, (2) use the right focus for the teaching, (3) deal with local sustainability problems, (4) stress pluralism and (5) include ethical and political dimensions. These principles are based on a pragmatist, transactional didactic theory that understands learning and teaching in terms of action. Learning is approached as a process of meaning-making that takes into account both prior experiences and the specificity of a particular learning situation and that results in a more developed and specific repertoire for coordinating activities with the surrounding world. It is about extended possibilities to act. A vital aspect of learning is inquiry, which involves both action and reflection as inseparable activities. This perspective on teaching and learning makes it possible to stress pluralism and the ethical and political dimension of sustainability issues without falling into an anything-goes attitude.

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Milton Park and New York: Routledge, 2019. p. 40-56
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Routledge studies in sustainability
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Pedagogy
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Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-74390ISBN: 9780815357537 (print)ISBN: 9781351124348 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-74390DiVA, id: diva2:1318012
Available from: 2019-05-24 Created: 2019-05-24 Last updated: 2019-05-29Bibliographically approved

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