Sustainable development within geography education
The Postgraduate School in the Educational Sciences
Sustainable development is a concept that has gained great importance in today's society and so also in school. Swedish compulsory school includes sustainable development in teaching in several school subjects. The subject of geography is a subject that was assigned a part of this responsibility at an early stage.
An advantage that geography has is the holistic perspective that specifically looks at the connection between social and natural processes. To gain knowledge about sustainability, these connections are central to pupils understanding. In order to more easily understand these connections in relation to the discussion about sustainability and sustainable development, it is important, among other things, that pupils develop their spatial (spatial) thinking.
Previous research has shown that the geography education in schools is often traditional. The traditional approach to the school subject has led to the teaching focusing on name-geography, while different connections have not been treated to the same extent. For that reason, it may be that this natural arena, to address issues related to sustainability, is not always noticed. The purpose of the dissertation will therefore be to investigate how and why sustainable development is framed as it does in the Swedish upper secondary school and in what way teachers interpret and recontextualize the content about sustainable development. The way in which students then understand the geographical dimension of sustainable development becomes a concluding theme in my dissertation.
Supervisor: Aina Tollefsen
Assistant supervisor: Madeleine Eriksson and Henrik Åström Elmersjö