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South African Journal of Education

On-line version ISSN 2076-3433
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ONTONG, Krystle  and  LE GRANGE, Lesley. Exploring sustainability as a frame of mind: A multiple case study. S. Afr. j. educ. [online]. 2018, vol.38, suppl.2, pp.1-9. ISSN 2076-3433.

In this article we discuss a multiple case study, which investigates the frames of mind on sustainability of six Grade Nine Natural Sciences and Social Sciences teachers at three different urban schools in Stellenbosch, South Africa. The article consists of a theoretical and empirical component. Regarding the former, we firstly discuss contestations around sustainability as a policy, and secondly what sustainability as a frame of mind entails. This is followed by the empirical component, which enabled us to: firstly, determine the existing frames of mind of teachers concerning sustainability; and secondly, explore implications of viewing sustainability as a frame of mind for education. In conclusion, we open up possibilities that sustainability as a frame of mind has for taking us beyond the discourse that informed the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (UN-DESD).

Keywords : curriculum; education; environment; frame of mind; sustainability; teachers.

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