The political tendency in Environmental and sustainability education: a construction of an educational typology
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This article presents a categorisation of the different situations in which the political can be handled and experienced in environmental and sustainability education practice: the ‘political tendency’. Using a methodology inspired by Wittgenstein’s user perspective on language, we empirically identified situations that express the political tendency by looking for language games centred around the question how to organise social life recognising that this inevitably requires decision-making about different and competing alternatives. Classifying these situations resulted in a typology (the political tendency) that distinguishes ‘Democratic participation’, ‘Political reflection’, ‘Political deliberation’ (sub-divided into ‘Normative deliberation’, ‘Consensus oriented deliberation’ and ‘Conflict oriented deliberation’) and ‘Political moment’. Next, we discuss the developed typology from an educative perspective, showing that the distinguished situations in the political tendency differ as to how they enable the foregrounding and backgrounding of different educational goals: preparation, socialisation and person-formation (i.e. identification and subjectification as perspectife shifting and subjectification as dismantling).
Environmental education; education for sustainable development; the political; Wittgenstein; participation; reflection; deliberation; conflict; consensus; political moment; preparation; socialisation; subjectification.
Research subject Curriculum Studies
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-293439OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-293439DiVA: diva2:927733