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Education for Sustainable Development and Development of Berlin's Schoolyards - A Study of Possibilities and Limits
Linköping University, Department of Culture and Communication.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The term ‘education for sustainable development’ is recently used and discussed in Germany, even though, to many people it is an abstract idea. The development of schoolyards can be seen as a practical project in order to teach and experience education for sustainable development in everyday school life. The purpose of this qualitative study is to examine how the development of a schoolyard offers possibilities for education for sustainable development. Additionally, some challenges that have to be taken into consideration are pointed out.

An extended literature review of education for sustainable development and schoolyard development serves as the basis for the thematic analysis. In order to approach the research question, the five themes that emerged through the thematic analysis, are discussed. 

The present research shows that schoolyard development has the potential to support a holistic approach to learning, to offer possibilities for ‘progressive’ teaching strategies, to enhance ecological literacy, to foster the participation of students and to provide equal opportunities. Although there are basic framework conditions that need to be considered, the research indicates that schoolyard development can make an important contribution to education for sustainable development.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 55 p.
Keyword [en]
Education for sustainable development, schoolyard development, outdoor education, ecological literacy, participation
Keyword [de]
Bildung für nachhaltige Entwicklung, Schulhofentwicklung, Partizipation
National Category
Educational Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-94578ISRN: LIU-IKK-MOE-D--13/004--SEOAI: diva2:633427
Subject / course
Master in Outdoor Environmental Education and Outdoor Life
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2013-07-05 Created: 2013-06-26 Last updated: 2014-10-08Bibliographically approved

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