ERIC Number: EJ1092039
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 62
The Effect of Implementation of Education for Sustainable Development in Swedish Compulsory Schools--Assessing Pupils' Sustainability Consciousness
Olsson, D.; Gericke, N.; Chang Rundgren, S.-N.
Environmental Education Research, v22 n2 p176-202 2016
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.
Descriptors: Sustainable Development, Program Implementation, Compulsory Education, Sustainability, Familiarity, Knowledge Level, Student Attitudes, Environmental Education, Institutional Characteristics, Comparative Analysis, Statistical Analysis, Questionnaires, Foreign Countries, Multivariate Analysis, Grade 6, Grade 9
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 6; Intermediate Grades; Middle Schools; Elementary Education; Grade 9; Junior High Schools; Secondary Education; High Schools
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden