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Education for Sustainable Development in Perspective(s): Rural Mongolian teachers’ views on environmental problems
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Many researchers argue that there is a demand for a new way of teaching and learning to better equip us for the value pluralistic society we are living in. Research has shown that teachers are reluctant to teach about value pluralistic subjects. This thesis aims to study how rural Mongolian teachers view the human-nature relationship in relation to the current situation in Mongolia, characterized by economic growth and environmental issues. Ethical perspectives are applied on the teachers’ views in order to bring structure to the different ways of viewing the human-nature relationship. The study shows that the teachers’ values change depending on if they look at their personal relationship to nature or put nature in relation to society. The results prove that even though personal values are complex it is possible to bring structure to how we understand them. The result provides an example of how complex value pluralistic issues can be structured in order to enable an understanding of them. Furthermore, the thesis suggests that ethical perspectives can be used in education for sustainable development when striving for a new way of teaching and learning.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 34 p.
Examensarbete vid Institutionen för pedagogik, didaktik och utbildningsstudier, 2013vt00477
Keyword [en]
Education for sustainable development (ESD), values, value pluralistic, teachers, environmental problems, ethical perspectives
Keyword [sv]
Utbildning för hållbar utveckling, värden, värdepluralism, lärare, miljöproblem, etiska perspektiv
National Category
Educational Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-227002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-227002DiVA: diva2:728113
Subject / course
Educational Sciences
Educational program
Teacher Education Programme
Available from: 2014-06-24 Created: 2014-06-23 Last updated: 2014-06-24Bibliographically approved

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