Dealing with the multidimensionality of sustainability through the use of multiple perspectives – a theoretical framework
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2016

The concept of perspectives is important in discussions about the multidimensionality of sustainability problems and the need to consider many different aspects when dealing with them. This paper aims to facilitate discussions among both educators and researchers about didactical approaches to developing students’ abilities to deal with the multidimensionality of sustainability challenges through the use of multiple perspectives. For this purpose, a theoretical framework was developed that describes perspectives in terms of a set of general characteristics, as well as a number of ways in which students can develop and reflect on perspectives. Development of the framework was supported by a qualitative content analysis of transcripts from interviews with undergraduate engineering students in Sweden.

holistic thinking

normative competence

education for sustainable development

engineering education


systems thinking


Johanna Lönngren

Chalmers, Tillämpad informationsteknologi, Avdelningen för ingenjörsutbildningsvetenskap (EER)

Magdalena Svanström

Kemisk miljövetenskap

Åke Ingerman

Göteborgs universitet

John Holmberg

Chalmers, Energi och miljö, Fysisk resursteori

European Journal of Engineering Education

0304-3797 (ISSN) 1469-5898 (eISSN)

Vol. 41 3 342-352





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