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Conditions for transformative learning for sustainable development: a theoretical review and approach

Boström, Magnus and Andersson, Erik and Berg, Monika and Gustafsson, Karin and Gustavsson, Eva and Hysing, Erik and Lidskog, Rolf and Löfmarck, Erik and Ojala, Maria and Olsson, Jan and Singleton, Benedict E. and Svenberg, Sebastian and Uggla, Ylva and Öhman, Johan (2018). Conditions for transformative learning for sustainable development: a theoretical review and approach. Sustainability. 10 , 1-21
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Abstract

Continued unsustainability and surpassed planetary boundaries require not only scientific and technological advances, but deep and enduring social and cultural changes. The purpose of this article is to contribute a theoretical approach to understand conditions and constraints for societal change towards sustainable development. In order to break with unsustainable norms, habits, practices, and structures, there is a need for learning for transformation, not only adaption. Based on a critical literature review within the field of learning for sustainable development, our approach is a development of the concept of transformative learning, by integrating three additional dimensions—Institutional Structures, Social Practices, and Conflict Perspectives. This approach acknowledges conflicts on macro, meso, and micro levels, as well as structural and cultural constraints. It contends that transformative learning is processual, interactional, long-term, and cumbersome. It takes place within existing institutions and social practices, while also transcending them. The article adopts an interdisciplinary social science perspective that acknowledges the importance of transformative learning in order for communities, organizations, and individuals to be able to deal with global sustainability problems, acknowledging the societal and personal conflicts involved in such transformation.

Authors/Creators:Boström, Magnus and Andersson, Erik and Berg, Monika and Gustafsson, Karin and Gustavsson, Eva and Hysing, Erik and Lidskog, Rolf and Löfmarck, Erik and Ojala, Maria and Olsson, Jan and Singleton, Benedict E. and Svenberg, Sebastian and Uggla, Ylva and Öhman, Johan
Title:Conditions for transformative learning for sustainable development: a theoretical review and approach
Series/Journal:Sustainability (2071-1050)
Year of publishing :2018
Volume:10
Page range:1-21
Number of Pages:21
Publisher:MDPI
ISSN:2071-1050
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Refereed:Yes
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 503 Educational Sciences > Learning
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 506 Political Science > Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 504 Sociology > Sociology (excluding Social work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Keywords:conflict, institutional, learning, social change, social practice, structure, transformative
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-5174
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-5174
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Type of IDID
DOI10.3390/su10124479
ID Code:15835
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Swedish Biodiversity Centre
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:18 Jan 2019 10:43
Metadata Last Modified:18 Jan 2019 10:43

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