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Implementation of education for sustainable development the relationship between norm supporting structures and student moral learning

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Johan Öhman

Johan Öhman is currently leading the research project Implementation of education for sustainable development: the relationship between the norm supporting structures and student moral learning. The project is funded 2009?2011 from the Swedish Research Council. The SMED researchers Per Sund, Leif Östman, Iann Lundegård, Karin Rudsberg and Marie Öhman participate in this multidisciplinary project together with researchers from the Department of Sociology of Law at Lund University. The aim of this project is to expand and deepen the scientific knowledge base concerning the implementation of education for sustainable development. This is accomplished by case studies of a number of schools where the process of implementation of ESD is advanced. In these studies we will use and combine theories, perspectives and methods primarily from two scientific fields, namely norm science and environmental education research. The project consists of two intimately entwined sub studies. The first sub study is made from an agent- and organisation perspective and describes, analyses and categorises the norm supportive structures that have been developed at the investigated schools. This is carried out by in-depth interviews with local key persons and analyses of local curriculum documents. The second sub study is made from an educational practice perspective and investigates teachers? actions and students? learning processes in the classrooms with specific focus on moral learning. The study uses video and sound recordings of educational activities specifically characteristic for the way the studied schools implement ESD. A central purpose of the project is to relate the sub studies to each other in order to identify the relation between norm structures on an agent-organisation level and moral learning processes in the classrooms.