Searching for the political dimension in Environmental and sustainability education - a literature review: a literature review
(English)In: Environmental Education Research, ISSN 1350-4622, E-ISSN 1469-5871Article in journal (Refereed) Submitted
Politics and the political have made an impression in the field of Environmental Sustainability Education (ESE), where researchers see potentialities for students to develop a respect for the diversity of personal choices and create new and unexpected opinions when they encounter the political dimension in teaching and learning activities in the classroom. The research field consists of a rich and diverse group of scholars that have diverging perspectives on the political dimension of ESE. The aim of the article is to study how the political dimension is conceptualized and how these findings impact the political as educational content in teaching and learning activities in ESE practice. Building on a review of research literature, this article identifies three major approaches in the research field. After comparing these approaches, we conclude the study by suggesting fruitful directions for further research in order to productively translate the idea of the political dimension into educational settings. We suggest the need for empirical research concerning the political dimension as well as a need for research on ESE that more thoroughly integrates the concept of politics, the understanding of the political as embodied and not only learning about the political dimension but also learning from the political dimension.
Research subject Curriculum Studies
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-293441OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-293441DiVA: diva2:927735