Recontextualizing Environmental Ethical Values in a Globalized World: Studies in Moral Education
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AbstractIn this PhD thesis I study recontextualizations of environmental ethical values in moral education. The three considered values, claimed by United Nations within the Sustainable Development Agenda, are the concerns for present and future human beings and for nature. The study is situated within the historical context of globalizations in the era of the Anthropocene. A central problem is the relationship between universal values and particular contexts, conceived of from the perspective of critical cosmopolitanism. In two of the three included papers I examine how the values are recontextualized in a Norwegian context. I identify a withdrawn position of the values of future generations and nature in education policy and curriculum documents. A conspicuous element in the second study, following 10th grade students engaged in moral education on sustainable development, is a consistent individual perspective, not exploring the students´ local and global situatedness. Third, I study the school strikes for the climate, analyzing Greta Thunberg´s speeches. Here the value of future generations is appropriated, conceived of as a cosmopolitan claim, by which the adult world is held accountable.
List of papers
|Paper 1: Kvamme, O. A. (2018). Blurring the image of the other? The recontextualization of environmental ethical values in Norwegian education policy documents. In J. Ristiniemi, G. Skeie, & K. Sporre (Eds.), Challenging life. Existential questions as a resource for education (pp. 359–381). Münster: Waxmann Verlag. ISBN 978-3-8309-3886-6. The article is not available in DUO due to publisher restrictions.|
|Paper 2: Kvamme, O. A. Situating Moral Education in a Globalized World? Environmental Ethical Values and Student Experiences. Forthcoming. Strand, T. (Ed.), Rethinking Ethical-Political Education. Dordrecht: Springer. To be published. The paper is not available in DUO awaiting publishing.|
|Paper 3: Kvamme, O. A. School Strikes, Environmental Ethical Values, and Democracy. Studier i Pædagogisk Filosofi, 2019, 8(1), 6-27. DOI: 10.7146/spf.v8i1.117967. The paper is included in the thesis. The published version is available at: https://doi.org/10.7146/spf.v8i1.117967|