Ethical Literacies and Education for Sustainable Development

Young People, Subjectivity and Democratic Participation

  • Olof Franck
  • Christina Osbeck

About this book


This book explores the ethical dimensions surrounding the development of education for sustainable development within schools, and examines these issues through the lens of ethical literacy. The book argues that teaching children to engage with nature is crucial if they are to develop a true understanding of sustainability and climate issues, and claims that sustainability education is much more successful when pupils are treated as moral agents rather than being passive subjects of testing and assessment. The collection brings together a range of fresh and creative perspectives on how issues around ethical literacies can be elaborated and expanded with regard to democratic sustainability education. The use of children´s books in teaching about sustainability is carefully explored, as are the ethical and aesthetic dimensions of environmental education. Including an afterword by Arjen Wals, Professor of Transformative Learning for Socio-Ecological Sustainability, the book will be of great interest to students and researchers in the field of sustainability education.


Morality Environmental Education Ecology Sustainability Children's Literature Nature Child Agency

Editors and affiliations

  • Olof Franck
    • 1
  • Christina Osbeck
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Pedagogical Curricular and Professional StudiesUniversity of GothenburgGothenburgSweden
  2. 2.Department of Pedagogical Curricular and Professional StudiesUniversity of GothenburgGothenburgSweden

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-49009-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-49010-6
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