Students’ discussions in sustainable development based on their own ecological footprints.

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Publication Conference Paper, peer reviewed
Title Students’ discussions in sustainable development based on their own ecological footprints.
Author(s) Ottander, Katarina ; Ekborg, Margareta
Date 2010
Editor(s) Dolinšek, Slavko; Lyons, Terry
English abstract
Within Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) various skills and knowledge are discussed, both in policy documents and in research reports. Therefore the aim of this study is to investigate what skills and knowledge students actually use in discussions related to sustainable development. Groups of students were observed when they worked with a task about Ecological footprints, within the subject Science studies. The subject is mandatory in all programmes in the upper secondary school and is about science for citizenship. Group discussions were audio recorded and transcribed. A content analysis was performed and thereafter a specific search for utterances which could be interpreted as critical thinking, conflicts of interests or ability to use cause and consequences. Results show that the students have ideas about ―environmentally friendly behaviour‖ and shows interest in equity issues. There was some science in the discussions, for example food-chains and population growth. The skills critical thinking, cause and consequence reasoning and ability to see conflicts of interests were not frequently used. The students were surprised and unaware of their own and Sweden‘s ecological footprints. The most common conflicts of interests were between their lifestyle and environmental impact.
Link http://files.ecetera.si/IOSTE/759.pdf (external link to publication)
Publisher IRI UL, Institute for Innovation and Development of University of Ljubljana
Host/Issue Social Cultural and Human Values in Science Education;
Pages 820-828
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) science education
education for sustainable development (ESD)
classroom observation
ecological footprints
upper secondary school
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Note XIV IOSTE Symposium, Bled, Slovenia, June 13. - 18. 2010 Socio-cultural and Human Values in Science and Technology Education
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/13276 (link to this page)
Link http://www.ioste.org/ (external link to related web page)

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