The effect of implementation of education for sustainable development in Swedish compulsory schools: Assesing pupils' sustainability consciousness
2015 (English)In: Environmental Education Research, ISSN 1350-4622, E-ISSN 1469-5871, Vol. 22, no 2, 176-202 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
During the past decade, numerous schools in Sweden have implemented education for sustainable development (ESD) as an explicit guiding approach in teaching. In this paper, we investigate the effect of this approach in comparison with that of pupils taught in ordinary schools. Accordingly, we introduce the concept of sustainability consciousness to represent the holistic view of sustainability. Within the concept of sustainability consciousness, we combine and investigate the environmental, economic, and social dimensions of sustainable development in terms of sustainability knowingness, attitudes, and behavior. A Likert-scale questionnaire with 50 items was developed to evaluate pupils’ sustainability consciousness through a nationwide study in Sweden. A total of 1773 pupils from the 6th and 9th grades participated. The results indicated that the ESD profile schools had a small positive effect on the pupils’ sustainability consciousness, while in grade 9 the effect was negative. The implications for further ESD implementation are discussed.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Routledge, 2015. Vol. 22, no 2, 176-202 p.
Compulsory school, Education for sustainable development, Pupils’ perceptions, Sustainability attitudes, Sustainability behavior, Sustainability consciousness
Research subject Biology; Education; Environmental Science
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-33773DOI: 10.1080/13504622.2015.1005057ISI: 000371816300002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-33773DiVA: diva2:748897
FunderSwedish Research Council, B0589701
This article has been published after the thesis defense. In the thesis it has the title The effect of implementation of education for sustainable development in Swedish compulsory schools : assesing pupils' sustainability consciousness2014-09-222014-09-222016-04-13Bibliographically approved