Finnish Home Economics Teachers Enabling Sustainability and Consumer Skills for Young People

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Autio , M , Kortesalmi , M M , Ranta , M , Sekki , S & Kylkilahti , E 2021 , Finnish Home Economics Teachers Enabling Sustainability and Consumer Skills for Young People . in M Bauer Edstrom & K Renwick (eds) , Proceedings of the Canadian Symposium XVI Issues and Directions for Home Economics/Family Studies/ Human Ecology Education February 27-28, 2021 Virtual Symposium . University of British Columbia , Vancouver, B.C., Canada , pp. 7-18 , Canadian Symposium XVI Issues and Directions for Home Economics/Family Studies/ Human Ecology Education February 27-28, 2021 Virtual Symposium , Vancouver , Canada , 27/02/2021 . < https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5ab2726c1137a60b0b3c6e49/t/613bc9b926eabe0dd4ff9700/1631308231254/2021+CSXVI+Proceedings.pdf >

Title: Finnish Home Economics Teachers Enabling Sustainability and Consumer Skills for Young People
Author: Autio, Minna; Kortesalmi, M Marilla; Ranta, Mette; Sekki, Sanna; Kylkilahti, Eliisa
Editor: Bauer Edstrom, Melissa; Renwick, Kerry
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Education
University of Helsinki, Faculty of Educational Sciences
University of Helsinki, Department of Education
University of Helsinki, Maker@STEAM
University of Helsinki, Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS)
Publisher: University of British Columbia
Date: 2021
Language: eng
Number of pages: 12
Belongs to series: Proceedings of the Canadian Symposium XVI Issues and Directions for Home Economics/Family Studies/ Human Ecology Education February 27-28, 2021 Virtual Symposium
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/334356
Abstract: Today, teachers around the world face the challenges of the ecological crisis. In Home Economics, ecological as well as economical viewpoints are intertwined in teaching. In Finland, sustainability education is integrated into different subjects as well as in transversal competencies in the curricula. Our study sheds light on how Finnish Home Economics teachers view themselves as sustainability and consumer educators and how they collaborate with teachers of other school subjects. Based on quantitative (N=153) and qualitative (N=256) survey data, we argue that teachers emphasize sustainable food education and that they teach consumer and sustainability skills broadly, varying themes from clothing to housing and spending. Teachers acknowledge their key role as consumer educators and consider young people well motivated regarding sustainability and consumer themes. Teachers prefer to cooperate with social studies, mathematics, and crafts on consumer education and with biology, social studies and crafts on sustainability education. The study indicates that the education of Home Economics teachers should be developed to provide more tools for teaching future sustainability and consumer themes.
Subject: 516 Educational sciences
home economics education
home economics teachers
home economics science
consumer education
Sustainability education
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