This event is part of the Engaging Sustainability webinar series, hosted by the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Agder.
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Building on Rawls' theory of justice and Wright Mill's concept of the sociological imagination, Marthe Elden Wilhelmsen (University of Agder) will talk about the need to foster a "sustainable imagination" in education.
The event will take place online via Zoom. You need to complete this registration form to receive the Zoom details.
While schools and universities are paying increasing attention to climate and green transition issues, pedagogical knowledge about how to teach sustainability in the classroom is still scarce. In this talk, I will provide some theoretical and practical reflections on sustainability teaching, drawing from my teaching experience at high school and undergraduate levels, and building on John Rawls’ theory of justice and Charles Wright Mills’ concept of the sociological imagination. My main argument is that what we need is a “sustainable imagination”, which enables teachers and learners to envision a future that is aligned with the earth’s ecosystem and where everyone has access to the resources and opportunities they need to flourish. Nurturing sustainable imagination allows experimentation within the safe confines of educational institutions, expanding the scope of conceivable possibilities.
I will present some of the teaching methods that can be used for this purpose, including reflective assignments, group discussions, and scenario forecasting exercises. I argue that integrating sustainable imagination in education helps to navigate contemporary complexities, fosters critical thinking, and contributes to sustainability education, preparing young people for a more resilient and ecologically balanced world.
Marthe Elden Wilhelmsen is a PhD Research Fellow in the Department of Global Development and Planning at the University of Agder, and currently a guest researcher at the University of Barcelona. Marthe’s work on sustainable imagination builds on her diverse background from theatre, sociology, and education practice. Always on the lookout for exciting teaching methodologies, Marthe has a passion for transformative learning.