SubjectMeets Subject in ESD


Detailed record Hasslöf, Helen Ekborg, Margareta 2014-02-04T18:07:51Z 2014-02-04T18:07:51Z 2010 en_US
dc.description.abstract Environmental education has been a topic for biology teachers in Sweden, as well as in many other countries, since the 1970th (Björneloo, 2007; Öhman, 2006). However as a requirement due to the goals of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), environmental education has broadened up to embrace other subjects as well. ESD seeks to integrate ecological, social and economic perspectives into the education. Facts, values, democracy and action competence are important aspects (UNESCO, 1995). To educate for sustainable development is indeed a challenge and a way to put the education into authentic problems of the world. The aim of this study is to investigate how interdisciplinary group meetings can broaden teachers’ understanding of ESD. This first study of my thesis investigates what perspectives of sustainable development that are emphasized, when teachers from different disciplines meet in a joint discussion. Research questions: What aspects are emphasized by teachers in an interdisciplinary discussion about sustainable development? What do different teachers consider as important aspects of sustainable development after an interdisciplinary discussion? This case study is based on a discussion between teachers at a literature seminar. The target group was chosen from teachers taking an in-service course at Malmö University. This course is one of the components included in the RCE-project “Food & ESD” running at Malmö University. The teachers normally work in public schools in Malmö with pupils age 13-15. The teachers represent different subjects as for example: natural science, social science, language, mathematics and home economics. The course given had an interdisciplinary approach dealing with the consequences of our food production and consumption in the frame of sustainable development. A socio cultural perspective is used as a starting point for this study. In this research design I have my starting point from the teachers’ discussion. A literature seminar was videotaped and semi-structured interviews were used after the discussion. The transcripts from the seminar and the interviews are now the subject of analysis and the results will emerge during this winter and spring. The very first indications show that the mutual discussion brings about topics from as well ecological, social as economic dimensions. The different perspectives continue through the conversation despite which school subject the talking person represent, however, it seems to be a qualitative difference of how the subject is treated. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.subject ESD en_US
dc.subject interdisciplinary en_US
dc.subject collaboration en_US
dc.subject ESD-content en_US
dc.subject science education en_US
dc.subject.classification Humanities/Social Sciences en_US
dc.title SubjectMeets Subject in ESD en_US
dc.type Conference Poster en_US
dc.relation.url en_US
dc.contributor.department Malmö University. Faculty of Education and Society
dc.contributor.department Malmö University. Natural Science, Mathematics and Society (NMS)
dc.subject.srsc Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES en_US
dcterms.description.conferenceName Eridob 2010 : 8th Conference of European researchers in didactics of biology
dcterms.description.conferenceName European researchers in didactics of biology (Eridob)
dcterms.description.conferencePlace Braga, Portugal
dcterms.description.conferencePlace Braga, Portugal
dcterms.description.conferenceYear 2010
dcterms.description.conferenceYear 2010
mahlocal.rights.oaType green
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