GLOCALization and Sustainability of Scinece Education Research and Practice: NARST 2017 Annual International Conference Abstracts

Anna Uitto, Jelle Boeve-de Pauw, Niklas Gericke, Daphne Goldman

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Despite the increasing implementation of sustainability education (SE) within formal education, information on its effectiveness is scarce. This symposium presents findings from empirical studies with quantitative and mixed-method designs that explore the impact of SE in primary and secondary education in Sweden, Belgium, Israel, and Finland. The studies reveal nuanced and not always positive impact of SE. Swedish students’ sustainability learning outcomes (SLO) were slightly higher for some students but lower for others when certified SE schools are compared to reference schools. Israeli students’ SLOs and school’s environmental-performance were higher in schools that advanced to higher accreditation-level ('ongoing-green') while achievements in basic-level-accredited ('green') schools were lower than in reference schools. The eco-school program in Belgium increased specific SLOs (mainly knowledge), but also it fostered controlled motivation rather than autonomous motivation for acting sustainable way. However, the Finnish study found that through sustainability self-efficacy, pro-environmental values and norms, in-school pro-social and agency experiences are able to enhance students’ SLOs. Overall, despite widespread implementation of whole-school SE-programs, their educational effectiveness requires improvement. The symposium will address the importance of focusing on educational and school-organizational processes that foster student’ SLOs, and argue for SLO assessment as an integral component of SE-program implementation.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 22 Apr 2017
MoE publication typeNot Eligible
EventNARST, 2017 Annual International Conference. Invited symposium - Grand Hyatt San Antonio, San Antonio, TX, United States
Duration: 22 Apr 201725 Apr 2017


OtherNARST, 2017 Annual International Conference. Invited symposium
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Antonio, TX

Fields of Science

  • 516 Educational sciences
  • Education for sustgainable development
  • Science education

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