In school we have not time for the future
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The present article is based on results obtained from a survey focusing on attitudes to solidarity among upper secondary school students. A clear relation between positive attitudes to solidarity and future-orientation was observed. To reinforce the survey results, a new study was conducted, interviewing upper secondary school students about their considerations about solidarity and the future, and how they perceived the teaching about these matters. Twenty-two third-year students attending theoretical and vocational programs at five upper secondary schools were interviewed. After coding and transcribing, a thematic analysis was performed, categorizing the interview responses into sub-themes, representing different aspects of solidarity and future-orientation. The analysis revealed that the students are not used to the word solidarity. If at all recollecting solidarity from the teaching, they are primarily linking it to a historical context. Many are however expressing a definite ambition and readiness to act in a solidary manner in order to contribute to increased social and ecological justice, also in relation to future generations. The interviews also disclosed that the future-dimension had been rare in teaching; the students contemplate the future as an individual rather than a shared challenge. In terms of resolving future challenges, such as e.g. the climate threat, their confidence in natural scientists and technologists is high, while few students convey trust in politicians, or believe that school, teachers, and students might play an active role. Conclusively, this study shows that activating the future-dimension in the Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) might augment the preconditions for youths’ environmental moral learning.
solidarity education, students’ future orientation, environmental citizenship, education for sustainable development.
Research subject Curriculum Studies
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-228158OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-228158DiVA: diva2:732721
FunderSwedish Research Council, 2010-5687