Biologiämnets osynliga värderingsförmedling
: Gymnasieelevers värderingar kring miljöfrågor från gymnasiet och biologiundervisningen

  • Markus Karlsson

Student thesis: Professional degree, Advanced level


The upper secondary school, as well as the compulsory school, should not only give students knowledge, but attitudes as well, for example regarding environmental issues. Whether or not the attitudes regarding environmental issues present in the upper secondary schools’ curriculum are distributed through the student’s education is studied in this thesis, with special focus on education in biology. Previous research have primarily studied attitudes from a quantitative methodological approach, this thesis widen the approach by adopting a phenomenological approach, with semi-structured qualitative interviews with five students and their teacher, with the aim of researching if, and if so, how, upper secondary school education in biology affect the students attitudes regarding environmental issues. The results shows that the students have, generally speaking, weak biocentric values, and that individual responsibility and agency is central in dealing with an acute environmental threat, and protecting an all-encompassing eco-system. The education affects the student’s attitudes by adding subject-specific knowledge, which broadens the horizontal attitude structure. Though, the question whether or not the education changes any values remain. Following from the student’s reasonings, the school is successful in distributing the asked-for values, though as a secondary agent, and that the distribution of values is somewhat invisible: present, but only when actively looked for. The study also acknowledges the importance of education that goes outside the classroom’s walls, and that a varied education facilitates the distribution of values.

Date of Award2021-Jul-12
Original languageSwedish
SupervisorElisabeth Einarsson (Supervisor) & Anders Jönsson (Examiner)

Educational program

  • Ämneslärarutbildningen inriktning mot gymnasiet

Courses and Subjects

  • Miscellaneous

University credits

  • 15 HE credits

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Didactics (50302)
  • Learning (50303)


  • attitudes
  • education
  • upper secondary school
  • biology
  • environment
  • nature

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