Detecting a Sustainable Mindset through Using Content Analysis of Teacher-produced Learning Journals

Anne E. M. Fox 1 , Sandra Iriste 2 , and Petra Bezeljak 3
  • 1 Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), , Trondheim, Norway
  • 2 Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies, , Jelgava, Latvia
  • 3 University College for Agrarian and Environmental Pedagogy, , Vienna, Austria

Abstract

Having developed and piloted a professional development blended learning course for teachers of home economics with the purpose of promoting a sustainable mindset in their students, we used the written learning journals by the teachers during the 15-week course to detect various aspects of a sustainable mindset, which could be attributed to the course. We assumed that the learning journals of 19 participants might reveal reflections on sustainability, the pedagogy of sustainability, a positive association between sustainability and the pedagogy of sustainability, and the development of a sustainable mindset over the period of the course. The analysis confirmed that the participants reflected a great deal on learning and sustainability as the course progressed; revealing that a positive link between teaching practice and sustainability can be observed. However, the analysis also indicated some important concepts that might have been under-emphasised in the course.

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