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Yli-Panula, E., Jeronen, E., Tringham, M., & Somervuori, I. (2022). Subject student teachers’ views and their competencies in sustainability education. In R. Hildén, P. Portaankorva-Koivisto, & T. Mäkipää (Eds.), Aineenopetus ja aiheenopetus (pp. 180–199). Suomen ainedidaktisen tutkimusseuran julkaisuja, Ainedidaktisia tutkimuksia, 20. Suomen ainedidaktinen tutkimusseura.

Subject student teachers’ views and their competencies in sustainability education

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Author: Yli-Panula, Eija1; Jeronen, Eila2; Tringham, Maaria1;
Organizations: 1University of Turku, Finland
2University of Oulu, Finland
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Suomen ainedidaktinen tutkimusseura, 2021
Publish Date: 2022-09-01


This study surveyed Finnish subject student teachers’ views on their competencies in environmental issues in sustainability education (SE). The study questions were as follows: (1) Which competencies were demonstrated in the respondents’ answers concerning the environmental problems that they mentioned?; (2) How do the answers reflect the eight key competencies for SE?; and (3) How do the answers differ between the groups of subjects with respect to the competencies displayed? A qualitative content analysis was carried out by focusing on the respondents’ competencies in SE (n = 138). Of the eight competencies defined by UNESCO, seven were found in the answers. The most common were collaboration, integrated problem solving, and strategic thinking. The least common were the normative, critical, and systems-thinking competencies. While the prevalence of the key competencies mentioned in the answers varied, there was no systematic or thematic difference between the different subject groups. The findings indicate that the practice of cultivating self-reflective competencies in teacher education is important for a future teaching career.

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Series: Ainedidaktisia tutkimuksia
ISSN: 1799-9596
ISSN-E: 1799-960X
ISSN-L: 1799-9596
ISBN: 978-952-5993-33-2
Issue: 20
Pages: 180 - 199
Host publication: Aineenopetus ja aiheenopetus
Host publication editor: Hildén, Raili
Portaankorva-Koivisto, Päivi
Mäkipää, Toni
Type of Publication: A3 Book chapter
Field of Science: 516 Educational sciences
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