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Schooling and ESE: revisiting Stevenson’s gap from a pragmatist perspective
Örebro universitet, Institutionen för humaniora, utbildnings- och samhällsvetenskap, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0327-9989
Örebro universitet, Institutionen för humaniora, utbildnings- och samhällsvetenskap, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3690-9879
Örebro universitet, Institutionen för humaniora, utbildnings- och samhällsvetenskap, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1423-4233
2022 (English)In: Environmental Education Research, ISSN 1350-4622, E-ISSN 1469-5871, Vol. 28, no 8, p. 1237-1250Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Environmental and sustainability education (ESE) consists of topical existentialand ethical issues. At the same time, these issues are taught ina school setting that is shaped by assignments, grades, and school tasks.The relationships between structures of formal education in a schoolenvironment and the characteristics of ESE has been described in dichotomousterms as a contradiction, known in the ESE research field as“Stevenson’s gap”, after Robert B. Stevenson. The aim of this article is toovercome this dichotomous understanding of the relation betweenschooling and ESE by providing a pragmatist perspective. Drawing onJohn Dewey’s notion of habit, two learning habits are outlined by whichstudents encounter environmental and sustainability issues in the classroom:the habit of schooling and the habit of inquiry. Empirical data fromSwedish upper secondary schools is used to illustrate their meaning inclassroom practice. Our pragmatist conceptualisation highlights howthese habits are simultaneously present in the same classroom. A conclusionis that teaching and learning in ESE should not be reduced toeither habit but that both can be valuable for a robust and vital ESE.

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Routledge , 2022. Vol. 28, no 8, p. 1237-1250
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ESE, learning, teaching, education, habit, pragmatism
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-60404DOI: 10.1080/13504622.2022.2075326ISI: 000796406000001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85130523097OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-60404DiVA, id: diva2:1706477
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Swedish Research Council, 2017-03468Available from: 2022-10-26 Created: 2022-10-26 Last updated: 2022-10-26Bibliographically approved

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