Towards sustainable futures in L1-Education in secondary school

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Abstract

The question this paper wants to address is why should and how can long term democratic and ecological sustainability (UNESCO) be at the core of any curriculum for L1-education in secondary school in the Anthropocene. The point I want to make is threefold: 1. We need to redefine core competencies for L1-education. 2. We need to elaborate on teaching and learning methods that regard transformative learning aiming at core competencies for L1-education. 3. We need to elaborate on new definitions for what we mean by Bildung in L1-education In this paper, I primarily want to address the second bullet above: For people to engage in society, they must experience themselves and their contribution as valued and valuable. L1-education is about learning to communicate in a meaningful way. This involves basic skills such reading, writing, analyzing and evaluating all sorts of texts. Teaching practices towards these skills remain traditional (Bremholm et a., 2017) although studies have shown how student centered transformative educational designs can lead to both subject related skills and to a deeper understanding of the role and the function of these skills when it comes to take action and gain influence on how the world works (Lackéus & Middleton, 2018) (Brahe-Orlandi, 2019). When looking at future challenges, as expressed through UNESCO´s sustainable development goals (SDG), the aim of teaching and learning communication could be to engage and empower (Freire, 2014) more people to actively participate towards the SDG. And, In the end to secure democratic and sustainable societies (Dewey, 2005). The paper draws on data from interventions in 5 different classes in which students worked towards communicative skills through entrepreneurial and transformative methods, looking for signs of pupils deeper understanding of the role of communication in the Anthropocene.
Translated title of the contributionBæredygtige fremtider for modersmålsundervisningen i udskolingen
Original languageEnglish
Publication date11 Jan 2022
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jan 2022
EventBILDUNG, EDUCATION AND SUBJECT DIDACTICS IN THE ANTHROPOCENE EPOCH - Karlstads universitet, Karlstad, Sweden
Duration: 11 Jan 202212 Jan 2022
https://www.kau.se/csd/UBAN2022

Conference

ConferenceBILDUNG, EDUCATION AND SUBJECT DIDACTICS IN THE ANTHROPOCENE EPOCH
LocationKarlstads universitet
Country/TerritorySweden
CityKarlstad
Period11/01/2212/01/22
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Keywords

  • public school

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