High performance education fails in sustainability? - A reflection on finnish primary teacher education (reprint)

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List of Authors: Lili-Ann Wolff, Pia Sjöblom, Maria Hofman-Bergholm, Irmeli Palmberg
Editors: Eila Jeronen
Place: Basel
Publication year: 2017
Publisher: MDPI (Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute)
Book title: Teaching Methods in Science Subjects Promoting Sustainability
Start page: 3
End page: 24
ISBN: 978-3-03842-650-9
eISBN: 978-3-03842-651-6
ISSN: 2227-7102


ustainability is internationally often emphasized as an essential aim of
higher education, but more as a principle than on the practical level.
This is also obvious in the academic education of primary teachers in
Finland. Therefore, it is a great challenge for Finnish teachers to
include sustainability in their teaching and everyday life in schools.
The aim of this article is to critically analyze why the implementation
of sustainability in teacher education is so intricate and to discuss
possible solutions with Finland—a country highly valued for its
education—as an example. The article reports outcomes from educational
policy documents and research on educational, philosophical, scientific
and social aspects of sustainability, including evaluation of how
sustainability has been implemented in schools and at universities,
especially among teacher educators. In addition, the article builds on
analyses of comprehensive university strategies and primary school
teacher education programs. We found these reasons for the ignoring of
sustainability in the Finnish teacher education: sustainability is in
conflict with overall trends in society and politics, teacher education
takes place at universities and is based on separate academic
disciplines. Sustainability is also intricate because it is strongly
connected to ecological literacy and it is value dependent. Universities
need to overcome these obstacles and become forerunners in the
sustainability process.

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