Finnish Home Economics Teachers Enabling Sustainability and Consumer Skills for Young People

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Sammanfattning

Today, teachers around the world face the challenges of the ecological crisis. In Home Economics, ecological as well as economical viewpoints are intertwined in teaching. In Finland, sustainability education is integrated into different subjects as well as in transversal competencies in the curricula. Our study sheds light on how Finnish Home Economics teachers view themselves as sustainability and consumer educators and how they collaborate with teachers of other school subjects. Based on quantitative (N=153) and qualitative (N=256) survey data, we argue that teachers emphasize sustainable food education and that they teach consumer and sustainability skills broadly, varying themes from clothing to housing and spending. Teachers acknowledge their key role as consumer educators and consider young people well motivated regarding sustainability and consumer themes. Teachers prefer to cooperate with social studies, mathematics, and crafts on consumer education and with biology, social studies and crafts on sustainability education. The study indicates that the education of Home Economics teachers should be developed to provide more tools for teaching future sustainability and consumer themes
Originalspråkengelska
Titel på värdpublikationProceedings of the Canadian Symposium XVI Issues and Directions for Home Economics/Family Studies/ Human Ecology Education February 27-28, 2021 Virtual Symposium
RedaktörerMelissa Bauer Edstrom, Kerry Renwick
Antal sidor12
UtgivningsortVancouver, B.C., Canada
FörlagUniversity of British Columbia
Utgivningsdatum2021
Sidor7-18
StatusPublicerad - 2021
MoE-publikationstypEj behörig
EvenemangCanadian Symposium XVI Issues and Directions for Home Economics/Family Studies/ Human Ecology Education February 27-28, 2021 Virtual Symposium - University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Kanada
Varaktighet: 27 feb. 202128 feb. 2021

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  • 516 Pedagogik

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