Research projects

Environmental and sustainability education meets the reality of schooling

About this project

Project information

Project status

In progress 2024 - 2026


Johan Öhman

Research subject

Research environments

Considering the current state of our planet, the need for a vibrant environmental and sustainability education (ESE) is more pressing than ever. However, ESE finds itself caught in a tension between two educational logics, an existential one and an instrumental one. The existential logic of ESE content opens for profound questions about what future the students will face, which can bring strong emotional reactions into the classroom. Simultaneously, sustainability issues are being taught within a system characterized by an instrumental logic. This logic comes with accountability of teaching and requires that both teachers and students adhere to goals and deliver measurable outcomes. This project aims to develop a teaching model that aids educators in handling existential sustainability issues within the context of instrumental schooling. 

Research funding bodies

  • Swedish Research Council