Students' early experiences of biodiversity and education for a sustainable future

Gustav Helldén, Sofia Helldén

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In order to be able to help students to read nature and to get an ability to discern both biodiversity in different contexts and changes in the environment we need to investigate how they experience biodiversity and how they discern different components in an ecosystem. Therefore, we undertook an interview-study of fifteen 10-12 year old students’ experiences of biodiversity and how they discerned organisms in different ecosystems. We analysed how they described the organisms and how they referred to experiences from everyday life. After two years we interviewed the students about what they said in the initial interview. Experiences of biodiversity at an early age seemed to be important for the future development of their understanding. It is important, both to give children early experiences of biodiversity in nature and to take students’ early ideas into consideration in teaching for lifelong learning and for a sustainable future.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-131
Number of pages8
JournalNorDiNaNordic Studies in Science Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Pedagogy (50301)
  • Social Sciences (5)


  • Students' experience
  • biodiversity
  • education
  • sustainable future


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