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Naturmöten i pedagogiska verksamheter
Örebro University, School of Health Sciences.
2020 (Swedish)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The general public´s everyday encounters with nature have radically changed during the 20th century in industrial countries. Our relation towards nature in relation to environmental challenges is an important educational question, and this thesis investigates encounters with nature in educational practice. More specifically the aims are to investigate (i) how encounters with nature has been legitimated in the national curricula of Swedish school, and (ii) meaning making processes within pedagogical encounters with nature.  

In relation to the first aim a discourse analytical reading of the national curricula in Sweden is conducted. The results show that a scientific perspective of encounters with nature has been dominating during the last hundred years in the national curricula. In recent years, it is also more instrumental encounters that are expressed in the curricula, while students’ personal experiences and feelings are not focused in current curricula.  Paper II and III examine moral meaning making in three different educational practices – Outdoor Education Centres, All-Weather Outdoor Schools and the Radical Outdoor movement. A multidisciplinary method is used in paper II, LEDmodel (Landscape, Ethical and Didactical). Paper III is based on the ethical tendency and language-game analyses. The results from these studies show that the educational purpose have an impact on moral processes in relation to nature. When the purpose is related to scientific knowledge there is often an instrumental relation towards nature in contrast to encounters that are more open. Open encounters instead seem to create relations that are built on a sense of responsibility and empathy. The results show that relations are created in different ways where some are more personal and built on emotion when other emotions are more based on stated rules or norms.  

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Örebro universitet , 2020. , p. 162
Series
Örebro Studies in Sport Sciences, ISSN 1654-7535 ; 31
Keywords [en]
outdoor education, curriculum, nature experience, moral meaning making, moral relations
National Category
Sport and Fitness Sciences
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-86603OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-86603DiVA, id: diva2:1477807
Presentation
2018-09-14, Gymnastikhuset, Örebro universitet, Örebro, 13:15 (Swedish)
Supervisors
Available from: 2020-10-20 Created: 2020-10-20 Last updated: 2020-10-27Bibliographically approved
List of papers
1. Motiv för undervisning i naturen i svensk skola
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Motiv för undervisning i naturen i svensk skola
(Swedish)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
National Category
Sport and Fitness Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-86667 (URN)
Available from: 2020-10-20 Created: 2020-10-20 Last updated: 2020-10-20Bibliographically approved
2. Miljödidaktisk lärandeanalys
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Miljödidaktisk lärandeanalys
2015 (Swedish)In: Naturmötespraktiker och miljödidaktiskt lärande / [ed] Leif Östman, Uppsala universitet, 2015, p. 235-254Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala universitet, 2015
Series
Studia Didactica Upsaliensia, ISSN 1654-8426 ; 8
National Category
Educational Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-86668 (URN)9789155486112 (ISBN)
Available from: 2020-10-20 Created: 2020-10-20 Last updated: 2020-10-20Bibliographically approved
3. Moral relations in encounters with nature
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Moral relations in encounters with nature
2015 (English)In: Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, ISSN 1472-9679, E-ISSN 1754-0402, Vol. 15, no 4, p. 310-329Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The overall aim of this article is to develop in-depth knowledge about the connection between outdoor experiences and moral attitudes towards nature. The study focuses on processes in which moral relations are at stake in encounters between students and nature. The purpose is to identify such events, describe their specific circumstances and clarify how moral relations are established in these events. The empirical material consists of video-recordings of activities in three different outdoor education practices. In order to identify and categorise moral situations, an analytical tool called the ethical tendency is used. This tool is based on Wittgenstein’s language game method. The findings show that in the investigated outdoor education practices, moral relations towards nature are established in several different ways. The article concludes with four educational implications: responsibility when dealing with moral reactions; bring- ing ethical questions to the fore; different educational conditions create different encounters with nature; and the consequences of different language games. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge, 2015
Keywords
outdoor education, nature experience, nature connectivity, moral relations, ethical reflections, environmental concern
National Category
Pedagogy
Research subject
Education
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-44936 (URN)10.1080/14729679.2015.1035292 (DOI)000212207300004 ()2-s2.0-84942990656 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2004-2295Swedish Environmental Protection Agency
Note

Funding agencies:

Swedish Research Council 2004-2295 

Swedish Environmental Protection Agency 

Available from: 2015-06-17 Created: 2015-06-17 Last updated: 2024-02-21Bibliographically approved

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